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About Georges
Georges Ibrahim Tounkara is a journalist based in Abidjan, Région des lagunes, Côte d'Ivoire. He worked for Deutsche Welle during 6 years in Germany. He worked also for Radio Côte d'ivoire. Freelance now. He speak well french and spanish, little english und german
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Mali: Critique de la junte, Etienne Fakaba est en prison

28 Mar 2024  |  fr.allafrica.com
Etienne Fakaba Sissoko, an economist and former advisor to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was arrested by the Brigade d'intervention judiciaire due to his recent book criticizing the military junta's management of the transition in Mali. The book, published in December, accuses the transitional authorities of propaganda and lies. Sissoko, who had previously been imprisoned for commenting on economic sanctions by Cédéao, faces charges of undermining state credit and spreading false information. The article also highlights the repression of opposition under the junta, including the recent ban on the coalition 'Synergie d'action pour le Mali'.

Criticism of the junta, Etienne Fakaba is in prison

27 Mar 2024  |  dw.com
Etienne Fakaba Sissoko was arrested at his home by the Brigade d'intervention judiciaire on March 25, 2024, due to a book he published criticizing the Malian transitional authorities' 'propaganda' and 'lies.' He had previously served six months in prison in 2022 for commenting on the impact of Cédéao's economic sanctions against Mali. The military junta has made opposition expressions difficult, with numerous repressive measures. A coalition of 30 opposition parties and groups, 'Synergie d'action pour le Mali,' was banned by authorities for allegedly posing public order threats.

Africa: Vladimir Putin's Reelection Viewed on the Continent

19 Mar 2024  |  fr.allafrica.com
Vladimir Putin's reelection with over 87% of the vote has been met with mixed reactions in Africa, where Russian influence is growing. While Western countries have denounced the election as a sham, African reactions have been muted. Chadian transitional president Mahamat Déby Itno praised Putin's electoral victory, which may signal a willingness to align with Russia amid Western pressure. Algeria, a strong Russian ally, congratulated Putin, while Niger's military regime leader also sent congratulations. No official reactions were reported from Mali or Burkina Faso, where Russian ties are strengthening, particularly with the presence of Wagner Group paramilitaries in Mali.

Vladimir Putin's Reelection Viewed from Africa

18 Mar 2024  |  www.dw.com
Vladimir Putin has been reelected as Russia's president with over 87% of the vote. His reelection was quickly praised by allies like China and Cuba, while Western countries criticized it as a sham. In Africa, where Russian influence is growing, reactions have been sparse. African leaders, who often manipulate democracy in their own countries, are watching the international community's response. Chad's transitional president Mahamat Déby Itno, whose country is a Western ally in the Sahel, suggested he might align with Russia if pressured by the West. Algeria, Niger, and Mali, where Russian cooperation is active and Russian paramilitaries are present, have also reacted to Putin's reelection. In Burkina Faso, there has been little interest in the Russian election among the public.

Senegal: 'The Constitutional Council Saved Our Democracy'

07 Mar 2024  |  fr.allafrica.com
The announcement of the presidential election date in Senegal has eased political tensions. The Constitutional Council's decision to hold the election on March 31, as opposed to President Macky Sall's proposed March 24, is seen as a move to uphold democracy. The election will occur before Sall's term ends on April 2, addressing opposition concerns about his intent to extend his power. Analyst Maurice Dione highlights the detrimental effects of hyper-presidentialism and credits the Constitutional Council for preserving Senegalese democracy, while noting that Sall's actions have tarnished his image.

The Constitutional Council Saved Our Democracy

06 Mar 2024  |  www.dw.com
The Senegalese presidential election is set for either March 24 or March 31, as proposed by President Macky Sall and announced by the Constitutional Council, respectively. This decision aims to ease political tensions following the postponement of the initial February 25 election. The Constitutional Council's ruling ensures that the election will occur before Sall's term ends on April 2, with a potential second round to follow. Analyst Maurice Soudieck Dione emphasizes the importance of the March 31 date and highlights the detrimental effects of hyper-presidentialism, noting that the Constitutional Council has preserved Senegalese democracy while Sall's actions have tarnished his image.

ECOWAS financially supports the anti-terrorism fight

14 Dec 2023  |  dw.com
ECOWAS has announced a financial contribution of $1.9 million each to Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger for the purchase of weapons to combat terrorism. Burkina Faso will also receive an additional $1 million in humanitarian aid due to its high number of internally displaced persons. Analyst Daouda Emile Ouédraogo commends the move, emphasizing the need for ECOWAS to support its people rather than reinstating deposed powers. Amidst a humanitarian crisis, NGOs including Oxfam have called for urgent humanitarian exemptions from ECOWAS, such as reopening the border with Benin. ECOWAS has provided access for medical and humanitarian goods, but the military authorities have refused to use it. The border remains closed from both sides. ECOWAS is also pushing for the Nigerien military junta to commit to returning power to civilians by organizing elections and has formed a committee with the presidents of Benin, Togo, and Sierra Leone to negotiate with the Nigerien regime.

Berlin Struggles to Find Direction in Its Immigration Policy

06 Nov 2023  |  www.dw.com
Germany is grappling with the challenge of funding refugee and migrant care, a topic central to a meeting in Berlin between the federal government and representatives from the 16 German states. Regions and municipalities are struggling with increased refugee numbers and insufficient funds. The FDP, a liberal party in the ruling coalition, has called for a drastic reduction in state support for asylum seekers, while SPD leader Lars Klingbeil is open to processing asylum applications outside Europe. On June 23, 2023, Germany's immigration policy shifted with new legislation aimed at attracting non-EU skilled labor to address a significant workforce deficit projected to reach over seven million by 2035.

Germany Tightens Its Migration Policy

06 Nov 2023  |  www.dw.com
Germany has reached an agreement on tightening its migration policy after extensive negotiations. Key measures include faster asylum application processing, reduced aid for asylum seekers, and financial support for local governments. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Hesse's Minister-President Boris Rhein praised the agreement. The policy shift contrasts with former Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 open-door policy, influenced by the rise of the far-right AfD. A recent survey shows immigration as the top concern for Germans, surpassing climate change and social issues. The federal government and Länder are considering processing asylum applications outside the EU, despite constitutional concerns.

East Africa: DRC Wants More International Engagement Against Rwanda

30 Oct 2023  |  fr.allafrica.com
The Congolese government is calling for international sanctions against Rwanda due to ongoing massacres in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As fighting continues near Goma between M23 rebels and the Congolese army, Kinshasa warns Rwanda of immediate retaliation if Goma is attacked. The DRC accuses Rwanda of militarily supporting M23, a claim confirmed by the United Nations but denied by Kigali. Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula has expressed disappointment over the lack of international support and is seeking sanctions similar to those imposed on Russia. Political analyst Henri Désiré N'zouzi echoes this sentiment, emphasizing the need for international action against Rwanda.

2023, a difficult year for UN peacekeepers in Africa

28 Oct 2023  |  www.dw.com
UN peacekeeping missions in Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Mali, and the Central African Republic, have struggled to protect civilians and bring stability. Analysts attribute this to political instability and weak mandates that limit the use of force. The UN's inability to operate effectively in politically unstable regions like Mali, where the government demanded the withdrawal of the Minusma mission, highlights these challenges. Calls for reforming UN operations and granting more offensive mandates are suggested as potential solutions.

Niger: EU and US Divided Over Niger Coup

27 Oct 2023  |  allafrica.com
The European Union is contemplating sanctions against Niger's military regime, supporting ECOWAS' efforts to restore constitutional order, while still providing humanitarian aid. The US, however, is opting for dialogue, maintaining military presence in Niger to counter Russian influence and support regional security. Iran aligns with US policy, seeking collaboration with Niger's military regime. The EU's regulatory framework for sanctions lacks specific targets, and experts express skepticism about their effectiveness, viewing them as pressure to hasten a return to constitutional order.

Africa: Divergences Between Americans and Europeans on Niger

24 Oct 2023  |  fr.allafrica.com
The European Union is considering sanctions against the military leaders in Niger following a coup, while the United States seeks to maintain contact with them. The EU has adopted a legal framework for sanctions, which includes asset freezes and travel bans, to support the release of President Mohamed Bazoum and a return to constitutional order. Analysts express skepticism about the effectiveness of sanctions and highlight the potential for the military junta to seek support from Russia if pressured. The US maintains a military presence in Niger for counterterrorism efforts and aims to prevent the junta from aligning with Russia.

Non-Aligned Countries Summit in Uganda

16 Oct 2023  |  www.dw.com
The Non-Aligned Movement, established in 1961, is the second-largest group of countries after the United Nations, with 120 member states, primarily from Africa. The current summit in Kampala, Uganda, chaired by Uganda, will address issues such as food insecurity, climate change, development financing, and debt. Ugandan Foreign Minister Jeje Odong emphasized the need for multilateralism and solidarity. Expert Dany Ayida noted that the movement's relevance has diminished since the end of the Cold War. The movement, which includes 120 countries and several observer states and organizations, aims to promote independence and avoid East-West confrontations.

Mali: the stakes of controlling the city of Kidal

14 Oct 2023  |  www.dw.com
The Malian army has reported significant advances towards Kidal, utilizing both aerial and ground forces, and claims to have dispersed opposing forces. Meanwhile, the CSP-PSD, a coalition of armed groups primarily composed of Tuaregs, claims to have trapped Malian soldiers and Wagner Group mercenaries. The article explores the strategic importance of Kidal for both the Malian government and Tuareg insurgents, featuring insights from Etienne Fakaba Sissoko, a researcher at the Centre for Political, Economic, and Social Analysis of Mali.

Elections in DRC: The EU's Backpedaling

06 Oct 2023  |  www.dw.com
The European Union initially planned to send around 80 observers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the elections but has reduced the number to eight, all based in Kinshasa. This decision, influenced by security concerns and technical constraints, has been met with mixed reactions. Rostin Manketa from the NGO 'la Voix des sans voix' sees the presence of even a small number of independent observers as crucial. The Association congolaise pour l'accès à la justice (ACAJ) expressed regret over the reduction. The new mission will include experts in various fields, and their report will be submitted directly to the EU. Jean Claude Katende of Asadho emphasized the need for the electoral commission (CENI) to ensure transparency in the elections.


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