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Jun 17, 2015

EU to keep withholding aid from Gambia after expulsion – diplomats

DAKAR (Reuters) – The expulsion of an EU diplomat from Gambia this month has derailed efforts to unblock aid to one of the world’s poorest countries, the source of thousands of illegal migrants headed to Europe, diplomats say.

The European Union had earmarked 33 million euros ($37 million) for development projects in the West African country for 2015-2016 but froze the funds due partly to concerns over human rights after a tough new law against homosexuality.

Jun 13, 2015

Ebola could hit again and we would hardly do better: MSF

DAKAR (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic could flare up again in West Africa and health authorities are no better equipped to control it than they were a year ago, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Saturday.

“The reality today is if Ebola were to hit on scale it did in August and September, we would hardly do much better than we did the last time around,” Joanne Liu said on the sidelines of a meeting on Ebola in Dakar.

May 19, 2015

Guinea Bissau sidelines top brass in bid to end coups

MANSOA, Guinea Bissau (Reuters) – Relaxing in flip-flops in a shady corner of his farm near a pile of freshly-raked cashew nuts, the former head of Guinea Bissau’s army General Antonio Indjai says he has turned in his weapons and his days as a coup leader are over.

For many, Indjai is a symbol of all that went wrong in the former Portuguese colony that is one of Africa’s most fragile states. Since 1980, Guinea Bissau has suffered nine coups or attempted coups, including one led by Indjai in 2012 that led to two years of public looting and a surge in drug trafficking.

May 19, 2015

Insight – Guinea Bissau sidelines top brass in bid to end coups

MANSOA, Guinea Bissau (Reuters) – Relaxing in flip-flops in a shady corner of his farm near a pile of freshly-raked cashew nuts, the former head of Guinea Bissau’s army General Antonio Indjai says he has turned in his weapons and his days as a coup leader are over.

For many, Indjai is a symbol of all that went wrong in the former Portuguese colony that is one of Africa’s most fragile states. Since 1980, Guinea Bissau has suffered nine coups or attempted coups, including one led by Indjai in 2012 that led to two years of public looting and a surge in drug trafficking.

May 5, 2015

Guinea Bissau reviews contracts from mining to timber – PM

BISSAU, May 5 (Reuters) – Guinea Bissau is reviewing
contracts signed by previous governments as the West African
country seeks to ensure miners have sufficient means to
kick-start its $2 billion economy, its prime minister told
Reuters.

Domingos Simoes Pereira, elected at polls a year ago that
sealed a transition back to democracy after a 2012 coup, said
the review was also aimed at diversifying investment in services
such as maritime transport and telecoms, dominated by former
colonial power Portugal.

Apr 22, 2015

Analysis – Billions at risk for Ghana, oil firms from oil boundary ruling

DAKAR/ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s decision to seek arbitration in a dispute with Ivory Coast over an oil-rich basin in the Atlantic could prove costly for the country and a consortium led by Tullow (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research) if a court halts development there.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will rule on Saturday on Ivory Coast’s February request for a moratorium on activity in the basin. The decision is part of legal proceedings on a maritime border dispute sought by Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama in September.

Apr 22, 2015

Billions at risk for Ghana, oil firms from ocean boundary ruling

DAKAR/ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s decision to seek arbitration in a dispute with Ivory Coast over an oil-rich basin in the Atlantic could prove costly for the country and a consortium led by Tullow if a court halts development there.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will rule on Saturday on Ivory Coast’s February request for a moratorium on activity in the basin. The decision is part of legal proceedings on a maritime border dispute sought by Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama in September.

Apr 13, 2015

Nigeria election raises hope of peaceful West African polls

DAKAR (Reuters) – Nigeria’s relatively peaceful elections have set the bar high for a string of votes this year across West Africa, though tensions in Guinea remain a concern, the United Nations’ top regional official said.

Last month Muhammadu Buhari ousted an incumbent president democratically for the first time in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country. The results of Nigeria’s governor elections also showed a swing toward Buhari’s party on Monday.

Apr 9, 2015

Mali says rebels to initial peace deal, prompting Tuareg denial

BAMAKO/DAKAR (Reuters) – Mali announced on Thursday that northern rebels would give preliminary approval to a U.N.-brokered peace proposal next week but a northern Tuareg separatist group said it was not ready to back a deal.

Despite mounting pressure from the government and Algerian-led mediators, the Tuareg-led separatist coalition has so far refused to initial the accord, saying it did not grant enough concessions to the desert region they call Azawad.

Mar 29, 2015

Insight – Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace

DAKAR (Reuters) – Mediators in northern Mali’s conflict underestimated the radicalisation of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal.

Gambling on pushing through an agreement, Algerian mediators organised only a handful of face-to-face meetings between the government and the Tuareg-led insurgents, participants said; too few to overcome the mutual mistrust accumulated by four rebellions in the desert north since independence in 1960.