New Security Minister for Guinea

18/11/2019 – Guinea President Alpha Conde has replaced his security minister following deadly protests against suspected efforts by Conde to extend his mandate.

Conde (81) is due to step down next year when his second and final five-year term expires, but refuses to rule out running again and asked government to investigate drafting a new constitution. Continuer à lire … « New Security Minister for Guinea »

Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria

2018/23/11 Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Tibor P. Nagy will travel to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria October 29 – November 10. Continuer à lire … « Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria »

Russia/Guinea – Rusal to launch bauxite mine in Guinea

2018/04/09 – Rusal will start mining bauxites at the Dian-Dian mine in Guinea before the end of April, the company’s president Vladislav Soloviev told reporters. Continuer à lire … « Russia/Guinea – Rusal to launch bauxite mine in Guinea »

Gambia charges renegade generals with desertion

2018/03/30 – The Gambian army has filed desertion charges against two renegade generals who went into exile with former president Yahya Jammeh last year, the force told AFP on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Gambia charges renegade generals with desertion »

Senegal/Turkey – Senegal closes schools linked to Turkish cleric in exile #Gulen

2018/03/20 – Senegal’s government has closed more than a dozen schools linked to a man the Turkish government considers a terrorist, underlining Turkey’s growing influence in predominantly Muslim West Africa. Continuer à lire … « Senegal/Turkey – Senegal closes schools linked to Turkish cleric in exile #Gulen »

Senegal/Iran – Senegal’s Police Fleet Upgraded by Iranian-Made Car

2018/02/28- Iran Khodro Industrial Group, the country’s biggest car manufacturer, has exported the first consignment of its Dena Plus cars to Senegal to be used in the African country’s police fleet. Continuer à lire … « Senegal/Iran – Senegal’s Police Fleet Upgraded by Iranian-Made Car »

AU deploys election observers in Djibouti #Mali

2018/02/21 – The African Union (AU) has deployed its election observers in Djibouti, for the legislative elections scheduled to take place on Friday in the Horn of African nation.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed the AU election observation mission (AUEOM) led by Anicet-Georges Dologuele, former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a statement from the pan-African bloc on Monday. Continuer à lire … « AU deploys election observers in Djibouti #Mali »

Belgium opens 4 new embassies in Africa: Benin, Guinea, Mali and Niger

2018/02/02 – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announce the opening of 4 new Belgian embassies in Africa. The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to the rang of embassy as of today. In doing so, our country is demonstrating the importance it attaches to its relations with these countries, as well as to the situation in the region. Continuer à lire … « Belgium opens 4 new embassies in Africa: Benin, Guinea, Mali and Niger »

Mali /Security : At least 17 killed in gold mine dispute on Mali-Guinea border

Conakry 28/11/17 – A two-day skirmish between Guinean and Malian villagers over control of a gold mine that straddles the countries’ joint border killed at least 17 people, a government official in Guinea said on Tuesday.

Villagers in both countries lay claim to the zone’s rich underground deposits, which have lured thousands of people to work in unregulated small-scale mines along the border. Continuer à lire … « Mali /Security : At least 17 killed in gold mine dispute on Mali-Guinea border »

In Sunni North Africa, fears of Iran’s Shi’ite shadow

 These are challenging times for North Africa’s Muslim governments. Even as Daesh is ousted from its strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the extremist group is continuing its battle against authorities in countries like Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.

On Oct. 16, the Egyptian military announced that six soldiers and at least 24 Daesh militants were killed in attacks on military outposts in North Sinai. That same weekend, Moroccan police arrested 11 members of an “extremely dangerous” Daesh-linked cell and seized chemical products used to make bombs. Algerian forces, meanwhile, have killed at least 71 Islamist fighters so far this year – the most since 2014. Continuer à lire … « In Sunni North Africa, fears of Iran’s Shi’ite shadow »