Sunday 22 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is,...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Hundreds of demonstrators in Burkina Faso marked the 30th anniversary of Thomas Sankara's assassination by demanding truth and justice on Sunday for the assassinated revolutionary leader. The young army captain, nicknamed "Africa's Che Guevara,", was cut down in a hail of bullets on October 15, 1987 on his way to a special cabinet meeting. Demonstrators wearing T-shirts bearing the likeness of the anti-imperialist crusader chanted "Truth and justice for Thomas Sankara," with some waving signs that read "Shame on rotten prosecutors and corrupt judges." Sankara was assassinated along with 12 comrades in a putsch that brought his close friend Blaise Compaore to power.
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Thirty years ago, the leader of Burkina Faso's revolution, Thomas Sankara, was cut down in a hail of bullets -- a bloody end to a turbulent yet charismatic life that today has gained cult status in Africa. The young army captain who took power in the deeply poor nation in 1983 has been nicknamed "Africa's Che Guevara," a monicker that reflects his anti-imperialist convictions almost as much as the way he died. "Kill Sankara and thousands of Sankaras shall be...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
UN Security Council ambassadors will travel to Mali, Burkina Faso and Mauritania this month to get a close-up view of a new regional force that France is hoping to shore up with financing, the French ambassador said Monday. The Sahel force is set to begin operations this month, tasked with combating Islamic militants, some of whom have links to Al-Qaeda, but a question mark remains over funding. France will use its presidency of the Security Council in October to focus...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(APA 08/21/17)
Burkina Faso’s National Assembly Speaker, Salifou Diallo has passed away on Saturday in the French capital Paris, Marc Christian Kabore has announced. “It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death on Saturday of Mr. Salifou Diallo, the Speaker of the National Assembly. In this painful circumstance, I have a thought for the family of the distinguished Mr. Salifou Diallo and all his afflicted relatives,” President Kabore wrote on his Tweeter account. After undergoing medical care in Tunis,...
(RFI(EN) 08/17/17)
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the swift launch of a five-nation African anti-terror force following Sunday's murderous attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. Macron spoke by phone to Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Monday after 18 people were killed and about 10 injured in the attack on a Turkish restaurant frequented by foreigners. He expressed France's solidarity "in this new ordeal faced by Burkina Faso" and repeated his intention to deepen contacts...
(APA 08/14/17)
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, on Monday, on his Tweeter page, praised his country’s Security Forces for their “bravery” in “neutralizing the perpetrators” of Sunday night’s terrorist attack that hit the “Istanbul Restaurant” in Ouagadougou, killing 18 people and wounding eight others. “I hail the bravery of our defense and security forces, whose commitment has made it possible to “neutralize the terrorists,” Roch Marc Christian Kabore tweeted. The President added that “the valiant people of Burkina Faso will...
(APA 08/14/17)
France’s ambassador to Burkina Faso Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes has expressed on social networks his country’s solidarity with Burkina Faso, after the attack on the “Istanbul” Restaurant in Ouagadougou, in which 18 people were killed and eight wounded. “I extend my condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Burkina Faso after the horrific attack on the ‘Istanbul’ Restaurant. Compassionate France,” Lapeyre de Cabanes tweeted. On its website, the French embassy wrote: “Our embassy is kept...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the situation in Burkina Faso later on Monday with Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore, after an attack on a restaurant in Ouagadougo which killed at least 18 people. "The president of the republic will hold talks during the day with his counterpart, President Roch Marc Kabore, in order to evaluate the situation," said a statement issued by Macron's office on Monday. The statement said France remained committed to working alongside countries in the...
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
Burkina Faso’s prime minister urged truck drivers to end a strike that’s halted all goods transports between the country’s two main cities and threatens to cause a fuel shortage. Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba met with truck drivers’ unions and apologized on behalf of his government for remarks made by Security Minister Simon Compaore that triggered the strike, his office said Thursday in an emailed statement. Trucks are barred from entering or leaving the capital, Ouagadougou, and the second-biggest city,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/17)
Germany on Monday lent support to France's push to make operational a new multinational military force that will tackle Islamist militants in Africa's Sahel region and urged other powers to contribute funds at an Autumn donor conference. On a joint visit to Niger's capital, Niamey, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her French counterpart, Florence Parly, said the Sahel force was West Africa's best hope for defeating the militants. Some observers see the G5 Sahel force — comprised of troops from Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(APA 07/17/17)
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara is visiting Ouagadougou Monday for a summit meeting between the leaders of Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, the Presidency has announced. The two states have a Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) under which the summit is being held. Ouattara is expected to land at around 4 pm at Ouagadougou International Airport, where he will be welcomed by his Burkina Faso counterpart, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. President Ouattara was preceded in the capital of Burkina Faso...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/17)
African powers launched a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel on Sunday, which French President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be fully operational by the autumn despite its current budget shortfall. Some observers see the initiative of the G5 Sahel bloc - Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad - as forming the basis of an eventual exit strategy for around 4,000 French troops now deployed to the volatile region. But Macron said...
(The Associated Press 07/03/17)
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- France's president on Sunday promised strong support for a new multinational military force against extremists in Africa's vast Sahel region, saying the "terrorists, thugs and assassins" need to be eradicated. President Emmanuel Macron, meeting in Mali with leaders from the five regional countries involved, said France will provide military support for operations as well as 70 tactical vehicles and communications, operations and protective equipment. The 5,000-strong force will be deployed by September, and its funding will...
(AFP (eng) 07/02/17)
French President Emmanuel Macron, making a lightning visit to Mali, on Sunday threw his weight behind a planned Sahel force to fight jihadists but told countries their efforts had to bear fruit. The so-called "G5 Sahel" countries -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger -- have pledged to set up a joint force to combat the wave of Islamist bombings, shootings and kidnappings south of the Sahara. Macron, joining the heads of state in the Malian capital Bamako for...
(AFP (eng) 06/30/17)
President Emmanuel Macron is due in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, as France beefs up its counter-terror operations in the area. The so-called "G5 Sahel" countries just south of the Sahara -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger -- have pledged to fight jihadists on their own soil, as instability and Islamist attacks rise. With its base in Sevare, central Mali, the 5,000-strong G5 Sahel force aims to bolster the 12,000 UN...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/30/17)
President Emmanuel Macron heads to Mali on Sunday to throw France's weight behind a new West African military force he hopes will lay the basis for an exit strategy for its own troops; but its prospects for success look slim. Mali is hosting a heads of state summit with Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania - known as the G5 Sahel - who could ultimately deploy thousands of troops into the vast, arid Sahel region that remains a breeding ground...

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