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Electoral abstentions in Africa: A practice that impacts on democracy

There are many Africans who want to see things changed, but very few of them are in possession of an electoral map or are willing to go to the polls during elections. For some of them, voting is a waste of time, because they generally say the results are known in advance. In their logic, the elections in Africa would be only rituals, special effects and buffoonery that the voters consider only as useless political and financial luxury. For others, politics is much more like a myth where, when the question is put to them, the usual answer very often put forward is that they are not interested in it because all the politicians are licensed thieves and inveterate liars. In either case, the liabilities observed on the African continent do not help too much for the circumstance. With figures of the order of more than 50%, the phenomenon of electoral abstentions breaks all records in Africa.
18 September 2019

Algeria sets new date for presidential elections, how feasible?

Like other African nations that cast their votes in presidential elections this year, Algeria will be joining the pace as its citizens head to the polls on December 12, 2019 to vote their political leaders. Provisional president Abdelkader Bensalah on Sunday disclosed that December 12 has been chosen as the official date for elections in the North African nation. In a statement, Interim President Bensalah said: "I have decided that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12’’. The announcement of a new election date follows a call from army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah that elections be conducted before 2019 culminates, in spite of ongoing protests calling for the formation of new bodies or institutions prior to elections, which would as well oversee the nation’s political, social and economic affairs.
17 September 2019

Franco-Russian reconciliation: what interest for France

What's behind the Russian turning point of French President Emmanuel Macron? While relations between Paris and the Kremlin have thawed since 2014 following the rally to Russia of Crimea, disagreement over the conflict in Ukraine and the Syrian issue, France seems to have returned to better feelings as evidenced by the multiple initiatives of its president Emmanuel Macron against Russia and its president Vladimir Putin. Monday, September 02, the Russian and French defense and foreign ministers met in Moscow for a meeting on the establishment of a new style of cooperation proposed by the head of the Elyse. The meeting comes just weeks after Vladimir Putin's visit to Brégançon, France, at the invitation of Emmanuel Macron.
16 September 2019

Promoting rural agriculture in Africa and accelerating the transformation challenge

Like everywhere else, agriculture occupies a place of choice in Africa in the inclusive growth and sustainable development. While in developed countries it is much more like intensive agriculture contributing to large-scale production, on the other hand it can be seen in the African continent that it is still defined by the basis of rudimentary and traditional means and techniques. In contrast to the urban environment, where every day ready-to-use businesses and the transformation of the economy flourish a little more, the African rural sector in need of any industrial investment, carries a whole inheritance linked to agriculture 'Transmits from generation to generation. While some thought that the development deficit in Africa is inseparable from the future of rural areas, several others thought that the promotion of rural areas would be a suitable solution to improve the overall image of the continent that is going through a food crisis.
15 September 2019

Presidential election 2019: Tunisians called to ballot for an open poll

Tunisians are called to the polls this Sunday, September 15, 2019 for the election of a new leader after the death of Beji Caid Essebsi to some months of the end of his term. The seven million voters on the lists will have to decide between 26 candidates for this unpredictable ballot. In 2014, the last election resulted in an ideological war on religious grounds opposing Islamists of the conservative party Ennahdha and a coalition led by Nidaa Tounes and progressive allies.
The candidates of the poll for this Sunday, which one does not know the date fixed for the second round, have understood that the interest of the readers this time, rests on the economic and social questions.
14 September 2019

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Is Africa ready for a single passport?

The issue of a single Passport for Africa has been on the negotiation table of African leaders for a while, but its realization still remains problematic. In 2016, African leaders in Rwanda launched the single African Passport. While handing the passports to then AU Chair and Chadian President Idris Deby Itno and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, then AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the innovation was a “steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens’’
26 March 2019

Can you get out of prostitution and still start a home?

Prostitution as a survival strategy is one of the means used by young women in street situations. Canadian studies on the subject estimate between 12% and 32% the number of young women living on the street engaged in prostitution. These young women do it either by themselves or by relatives: relatives, friends, and even partners in love (Damant et al., 2006). These as emphasized by Messervier, 1999 may also have an important role in the process of exit from prostitution.
9 January 2019

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Saudi Oil Attacks : US continues to blame Iran

The Yemeni Houthi armed movement, which has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack on key Saudi oil installations, has warned it could strike again at any moment and warned foreigners to avoid the areas targeted. In a statement issued via the group's al-Masirah TV outlet on Monday, Houthi armed forces spokesperson Brigadier General Yahya Sare'e said such attacks will continue until the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen withdraws.
16 September 2019

From broken refrigerators to drones Made-In-Senegal

Mamadou Wade Diop has been working with drones both in the photography and health sectors for years. But recently, he decided to work with local blacksmiths and construct a drone made entirely in Senegal. Mamadou Wade Diop, who calls himself Dr. Drone on social media, is one of the few people, if not the only person in the Dakar area who can fix broken drones. But recently, he’s taken his knowledge a step further, consulting with drone makers across the world on how to construct one of his own. Diop says that through the internet, he’s been able to communicate with other drone makers in France and China to chat about their experiences.
15 September 2019

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AFRIC- Berlin foresight session on Africa’s transformation

On July 29-30, 2019 Association for Free Research and International Cooperation (AFRIC) has held the first of its kind Foresight session Äfrica-2040: Vision of the Future” in Berlin. The event attended by diplomats, academics and businessmen had an objective to define a clear image for Africa’s future and to strategize on how they can contribute to the development of the African Continent. Representatives and Ambassadors of Chad, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Madagaskar, Botswana, Republic of South Africa, Benin, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, DRC, Liberia, Ethiopia, Namibia, Uganda have discussed some of the challenges the continent is facing, providing possible solutions to promote peace, stability, democracy, governance, economic growth and development.
30 July 2019

2019 South African general election: IEC commends the role of AFRIC as an observer

Africa is on the move, political leaders are at the verge of instilling principles of democracy on the continent. Conducting transparent, free and fair elections already defines a new era of democracy in Africa. The year 2019 has been coined as the ‘’year of Elections in Africa’’ as many nations have headed to the polls while others are yet to choose their political leaders through the ballot boxes.
12 May 2019