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In Sierra Leone, there have been mass sackings and suspensions of police officers.
Over the weekend, authorities announced that nearly 1,030 police officers were sacked and suspended for various “professional misconduct”.
Turnout in Sunday’s legislative elections in Senegal was low and results are being awaited from the generally peaceful polls.
In an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR), an election official in the capital, Dakar, Adama Faye said that Sunday’s low turnout showed that “people in Senegal are really fed up with politics” because many politicians make empty promises.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise to push a legislation to control child birth has generated heated debate in Nigeria, which has a population of nearly 160 million and life expectancy of 47-56 years.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has drawn international attention to the seriousness of the situation in northern Mali and the plight of civilians, as 40 casualties are being treated in hospital from this week’s violence in the city of Gao.
Ahead of December’s presidential and parliamentary elections, Ghana’s authorities have banned political activities on school campuses and threatened to sack teachers and school administrators who violate this order.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ has called on Gambian authorities to immediately release or charge a journalist, who has been in detention without charge longer than the country's 72 hours limit.
By William Selmah/WADR CORRESPONDENT
The General Auditing Commission (GAC) in Liberia has unearthed more corruption scandals in some ministries and agencies, with the its latest batch of audit reports indicting five institutions.
--calls for change in reform process
Civil society groups have urged Senegalese authorities to change the process through which political reforms are carried out, as a new wave of reforms are announced by the country’s new leadership.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said on Monday that he was not prepared for another public declaration of his assets.
Speaking to the media in Abuja on Monday morning, President Jonathan said for him, public asset declaration was a matter of principle.
Relatives of some of the 41 Ivorian nationals, who are said to be pro Gbagbo fighters extradited over the weekend for reported involvement in subversive activities, say they are worried about their safety.