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The head of a new Non-Governmental Organization set up to promote migration and development has said that the lack of capacity and coordination among stakeholders are constraints to sub-regional integration in West Africa.
Supporters of Senegal’s M23 coalition of some opposition and civil society groups on Wednesday clashed with riot police, who used tear gas in the capital, Dakar.
But WADR's reporter covering the demonstration said there were no injuries. The protestors chanted anti government slogans.
News of the death over the weekend of the award-winning American singer Whitney Houston has touched the shores of West Africa, leaving thousands and millions of her fans sad and in mourning.
The Dakar-based African research institution, CODESRIA has been ranked among the five best think tanks in Africa
CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa has also been ranked as the top 30 international development think tanks in the world.
Age and long tenure are two of the issues opponents continue to raise in their avalanche of criticisms directed at the 85-year-old Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, in his bid to get a third term mandate in this month’s polls.
In an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) on Tuesday, President Wade acknowledged that he’s an old man but said some opposition actors are older than him, dismissing criticisms that he’s too old to run for another term.
Six new Commissioners of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have assumed duty at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
They replace some of the pioneer Commissioners whose four-year tenure ended on 31 January 2012. The tenure of the pioneer seventh Commissioner, Dr. Adrienne Diop, will end in June 2012.
The African Union (AU) has called on the political class and all other stakeholders to remain calm and exercise restraint, in the wake of pre-election violence and loss of human lives in Senegal.
Senegal’s presidential election campaign officially kicks off on Sunday, after violent political unrest in the West African nation.
Fourteen candidates, including incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade, have been qualified by the country’ Constitutional Court to contest the February 26 polls.
The Senegalese government is pulling no punches, as it comes under serious criticisms and unrelenting street protests by a coalition of opposition groups, M23 Movement just few weeks before this month’s presidential election.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the US embassy in Senegal have expressed concerns over the risiing violence and an upsurge in political tensions, ahead of the country’s February 26 presidential election.
Several persons, civilians and a police officer, have been killed in violent opposition protests in the capital, Dakar and the northern town of Podor, since the country’s Constitutional Court approved the third term candidacy of President Abdoulaye Wade last Friday.