In an address to the nation on August 6 on the occasion of the independence anniversary, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara announced that he was granting a presidential pardon to his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo. The measure was deemed insufficient by Gbagbo's party, PPA-CI, which is demanding amnesty. Why this request and what could be the outcome of this legal and political arm-wrestling? Interview with Arsène Brice Bado, from the Center for Research and Action for Peace (Cerap).
The President of the Transitional Military Council, Mahamat Idriss Déby, returned to Chad on August 9 after the signing of the Doha Agreement with some of the political-military groups. The text paves the way for the participation of the signatory armed groups in the next inclusive national dialogue. What guarantees does the text give them and can we expect the main leaders of these groups to return to Ndjamena? Chadian Foreign Minister Cherif Mahamat Zene is one of the main architects behind this agreement.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on a tour of Africa to redesign US strategy on the continent, gave AXADLE an interview in Pretoria, South Africa. Antony Blinken discusses the war in Ukraine, US influence in Africa, but also the ongoing tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is also expected from Tuesday August 9 in DRC for the rest of his tour before joining Rwanda.
Many voices have been raised after the suppression of recent demonstrations in Guinea. Civil society organizations and political parties have expressed their disapproval. But they are suspending any march for two weeks to give the West African mediation a chance What are these organizations asking for? What state of mind are they in? Interview with Étienne Soropogui, one of the leaders of "Forces vives de la nation".
Popular demonstrations in the eastern part of the DRC, to demand the departure of Monusco, have already caused around twenty deaths, including three peacekeepers and Congolese civilians, especially in Goma and Uvira, during attacks on peacekeeper bases. The July 31 demonstrations in Beni territory killed three people Why are the people suddenly attacking Monusco? Who is primarily responsible for what is happening in the eastern part of the country? Interview with Bob Kabamba, political scientist and professor at the…
The first novel by the Chadian author Aché Ahmat Moustapha has just been published. Entitled Kalam Sutra, it tells the story of one woman among many others in Chad: the story of Kelou, a mischievous young girl who refuses her destiny as a housewife to become a doctor, in a country plagued by insecurity and where the weight of tradition. is still going strong. Kalam Sutra is also a book to condemn violence against women.…
Several researchers lately revealed an op-ed within the French newspaper Le Monde warning of a deliberate marketing campaign to starve the folks of Tigrayan Ethiopia. These researchers converse exactly of a "policy of ethnic cleansing characterized by atrocities which continues quietly in Tigray". Mehdi Labzae, a sociologist on the Center for Economic, Legal and Social Studies and Documentation in Cairo, is one among the signatories of this discussion board. He explains why they determined to sound the alarm.
Emmanuel Macron begins his African tour through Cameroon on Monday 25 July. The French president will then travel to Benin and then to Guinea-Bissau on Thursday the 28th, his last stop. This is the head of state's first African tour since his re-election. What are the challenges of this move? How should one interpret the choice of these countries? Some answers with journalist specializing in Africa, Antoine Glaser.
More than 28 years after the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda, a former Rwandan prefect who had taken refuge in France for 25 years on Tuesday was sentenced to twenty years in jail for complicity in genocide, by the Paris Assize Court. How did the 2 nations come to this after years of alienation? Where are their relationships? Response with Paul Simon Handy, Head of the Office of the Addis Ababa Institute for Security Studies.
The UN's independent human rights expert in the Central African Republic is concerned about a recovery in human rights violations in the country since the beginning of the year. Togolese lawyer Yao Abgetse has just given an update on the situation to the UN…