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The eventual succession to Paul Biya, Cameroon’s president since 1982, will likely prove a critical moment for Cameroon and its overlapping political and security crises.   By Michelle Gavin, Guest columnist and blogger In Cameroon, an incident last week in which a gendarme shot and killed a young child in Buea—a regional capital that has been the site of clashes between anglophone separatists and federal government forces—is the most recent outrage to make international headlines. Yet every day,...

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President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS has attributed political instability in West Africa to power elongation by leaders. President Akufo-Addo made the call during the opening of the High-level Parliamentary Seminar organized by the ECOWAS Parliament in Winneba, Ghana with the theme “Two Decades of Democratic Elections in ECOWAS Member States: Achievements, Challenges, and the...

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ENUGU — The Director-General of West African Health Organization, WAHO, Professor Stanley Okolo has called on Enugu State to maximize the opportunity of being included in West Africa’s network of regional reference laboratories created for the sole purpose of early detection and response to outbreaks and epidemics. Prof. Okolo stated this at the opening ceremony of an ongoing three-day conference organized by the West African Health Organization in Enugu which has in attendance representatives from...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger For the third time in only five months, violence has facilitated a transfer of power in West Africa, with Guinea, Mali (twice in the past thirteen months), and Chad seeing new leaders rise from their respective militaries. West Africa’s post-colonial history has been punctuated by coups. But, especially after regional powerhouse Nigeria moved from military to civilian rule in 1999, there was a strong sense that the days of...

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ABUJA — The ECOWAS Parliament has launched Parliament for Street Children to curb the increase in the number of children on the streets in the region and to serve as the voice for the deprived and abandoned kids. Rt. Hon. Sidie Mohamed Tunis, Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, commenced the inauguration with the induction of the Bureau of the Street Parliament which was held in the ECOWAS Parliament, Abuja. Tunis, who decried the rise in...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger   Confirmed by the Spanish prime minister, Western media reports that two Spanish filmmakers and the Irish president of a conservation non-governmental organization (NGO) were murdered in Burkina Faso near the border with Benin on April 26. Roberto Fraile and David Beriain were in Burkina Faso working on a documentary about poaching. They were accompanied by Rory Young, a Zambia-born Irish citizen who headed Chengeta Wildlife, an NGO devoted to...

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By Michelle Gavin The ripple effects emanating from the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby on April 20 are only beginning to be apparent. Most immediately, the future of Chad has been thrown into question. Déby reportedly died while on the frontlines fighting rebel forces, just days after cementing his continued grip on power through a staged election devoid of both integrity and suspense. On the one hand, dissolving the parliament and installing a military officer from Déby’s family at...

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After holding on to power for three decades, the President of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno died on Tuesday after sustaining injuries at the battlefield with rebels. The Army made the shock announcement, a day after the 68-year-old was re-elected to a sixth term in office. Aside Deby, here is the list of other longest-serving leaders in the African continent. Some of them reportedly changed the constitution, crushed opposition and used fear and violence to maintain...

Gambian Lawmaker, Hon. Fatmata Njai says the ECOWAS Parliament can achieve 30 per cent representation of women in parliament only if it rejects nominations from countries not meeting the criteria. Njai expressed this thought while speaking with journalists during the Fifth Legislature’s Delocalized meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament holding in Monrovia with the theme, “Empowerment of Women in the ECOWAS Region.” Njai said it was pertinent to note that some countries lacked female representation in the Conference...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist & Blogger _____ In the early hours of March 29, an estimated sixty gunmen attacked two small military installations in Kafolo and Kolobougou, both located in Ivory Coast on the border with Burkina Faso. The assailants killed at least three soldiers and wounded others. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the media is speculating credibly that the perpetrators were jihadis based in nearby Burkina Faso, where Islamist groups have been...

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