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Sep 21, 2013

Guinea’s legislative election postponed to September 28: mediator

CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea’s long-delayed legislative election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed by four days to September 28 following talks between the opposition and government on Saturday in Conakry, a U.N. mediator said.

Guinea’s main opposition leader had threatened to call supporters into the streets if authorities pushed ahead with the election without fully addressing complaints over preparations. He said he was satisfied with the delay announced on Saturday.

Sep 21, 2013

Guinea’s legislative election postponed to Sept. 28 -mediator

CONAKRY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Guinea’s long-delayed
legislative election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed by
four days to Sept. 28 following talks between the opposition and
government on Saturday in Conakry, a U.N. mediator said.

Guinea’s main opposition leader had threatened to call
supporters into the streets if authorities pushed ahead with the
election without fully addressing complaints over preparations.
He said he was satisfied with the delay announced on Saturday.

Sep 20, 2013

Insight: U.S. and allies target Hezbollah financing, ties in Africa

DAKAR (Reuters) – The United States and its allies are clamping down on suspected Hezbollah activity in West Africa, which Washington says is a major source of cash for the Lebanese group as its patron Iran feels the pinch of sanctions.

The push coincides with Hezbollah’s deepening role in Syria, where it has dispatched thousands of fighters to back President Bashar al-Assad. It also comes in the wake of attacks outside Lebanon linked to Hezbollah that Western experts say are part of global campaign that could soon include Africa.

Sep 19, 2013

Guinea opposition leader seeks poll delay, threatens protests

CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea’s main opposition leader on Thursday threatened to call supporters onto the streets if authorities push ahead with a parliamentary election due on Tuesday without fully addressing complaints over preparations.

Cellou Dalein Diallo, leader of the largest opposition party and arch rival of President Alpha Conde, said it would be impossible to fix problems linked to voter lists and polling stations on time so a delay of a few weeks was needed.

Aug 23, 2013

UN’s Mali task is state-building as much as peacekeeping

BAMAKO/KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) – The U.N. is being dragged into a mission in Mali likely to involve state-building as much as peacekeeping, as France looks to reduce its military footprint in the vast and poor Sahel state after defeating an Islamist rebellion.

The day Mali elected a new president this month, the French general who led the military campaign to push the rebels from its desert north flew back home, his job done.

Aug 23, 2013

Insight: U.N.’s Mali task is state-building as much as peacekeeping

BAMAKO/KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) – The U.N. is being dragged into a mission in Mali likely to involve state-building as much as peacekeeping, as France looks to reduce its military footprint in the vast and poor Sahel state after defeating an Islamist rebellion.

The day Mali elected a new president this month, the French general who led the military campaign to push the rebels from its desert north flew back home, his job done.

Aug 11, 2013

Mali scrambles to be ready for Sunday’s ‘fresh start’ vote

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Malian election officials scrambled to distribute voting material for an election on Sunday intended to provide a fresh start to a country divided by a coup and a war in its desert north.

Candidates wound up campaigns promising reconstruction and reconciliation but, underscoring security fears despite a successful French offensive against al Qaeda-linked fighters, an Islamist group threatened to attack polling stations.

Aug 7, 2013

Mali election frontrunner’s nationalist stance strikes popular chord

BAMAKO (Reuters) – A glance at billboards on the scruffy streets of Mali’s capital Bamako says much about the difference between the rivals for the presidency in Sunday’s runoff vote, and the prospects for peace in the West African country.

Wearing a construction hat with his sleeves rolled up, Soumaila Cisse – a former finance minister portraying himself as an experienced technocrat – promises education reform, an overhaul of the army and a plan to create 500,000 jobs.

Aug 2, 2013

Ex-PM Keita to face Cisse in Mali election run-off

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s postwar election produced no clear winner and former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will face ex-Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse in a run-off due on August 11, the government said on Friday.

Provisional results gave Keita 39 percent of votes cast in the July 28 poll, well ahead of Cisse’s 19 percent. But the third and fourth placed candidates may now rally behind Cisse, with whom they have been in coalition.

Jul 30, 2013

Ex-prime minister Keita holds wide lead in Mali vote

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Malian former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita holds a comfortable lead and could win an outright first-round victory in the West African nation’s high-stakes presidential election, the minister of territorial administration said on Tuesday.

The announcement of partial results will likely fuel tensions between Keita’s supporters and his rivals, who say they will challenge the results if there is no second round.