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International pressure ramps up over Liberia election delay

2017-11-16 09:51

The European Union has joined an international chorus urging Liberian political parties and its electoral commission to end "unnecessary delays" and elect a new president.

Togo lifts ban on weekday marches

2017-11-05 15:06

Togo's government has scrapped a ban on weekday marches after a series of anti-government protests defied the order, the country's security minister and the opposition have said.

West African leaders break silence on Togo violence

2017-10-25 16:55

West African leaders have made their first comments after two months of increasingly bloody violence in Togo, calling on the presidency and the opposition to sit down for talks.

Togo opposition leader calls on France for help

2017-10-20 17:45

French President Emmanuel Macron has been urged to step in to help find a solution to an increasingly violent power struggle between Togo's opposition and the government.

Togo: how long can the grassroots pressure last?

2017-09-23 17:21

Togo's government was surprised by how many people took to the streets earlier this month to demand the removal of President Faure Gnassingbe.

Togo opposition unconvinced by reform bill proposal

2017-09-10 19:58

Togo opposition leaders have said they were not hopeful of political change, as parliament prepares to discuss potential constitutional reform after days of huge anti-government protests.

West Africa bloc agrees 'in principle' on Morocco membership

2017-06-05 20:00

An official with West Africa's regional bloc says leaders of the 15-nation group have agreed "in principle" on Morocco's membership application for membership, though more assessments will be made.

Morocco king skips W Africa summit after Israel attends

2017-06-05 17:59

Morocco's king is skipping a regional meeting of west African leaders amid his country's bid to join the bloc known as Ecowas.

Pro-Biafran leader in Nigeria released: lawyer

2017-04-30 08:54

A pro-Biafran leader in Nigeria has been released from custody, says his lawyer, some 18 months after first being arrested and repeated court rulings granting him bail ignored by the government.

Gambia's Barrow visits 'new ally' Senegal

2017-03-02 21:30

The Gambia's President Adama Barrow has arrived in Senegal, which played a key role in his rise to power by helping force his predecessor Yahya Jammeh from office.

 

Liberia's election delay divides already tense nation

2017-11-05 17:03

The extraordinary delay in electing Liberia's new leader amid claims of electoral fraud is entrenching existing divides between the candidates and outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as voters wait nervously for a resolution.

Nigeria to compensate civil war victims, clears bombs

2017-10-31 15:22

Nigeria has agreed to pay compensation to victims of the country's civil war, 47 years after it ended, and clear former conflict zones of abandoned bombs and landmines.

West African bloc's 2020 single currency goal fails

2017-10-24 20:00

The 15-nation West African bloc Ecowas has told regional leaders that the goal of establishing a single currency among their economies in 2020 had failed.

Togo's opposition keeps call for protest despite ban

2017-10-11 18:30

Togo's opposition has refused to cancel two protests planned for next week, despite a government ban on political marches on weekdays.

Togo bucks the trend of political reform in W Africa

2017-09-13 20:45

His family has ruled Togo for more than 50 years but President Faure Gnassingbe has in the last week faced unprecedented public pressure to step down.

Mbeki: Zimbabweans not SA can tell Mugabe to go

2017-06-19 12:00

Former president Thabo Mbeki has reportedly said that South Africans must "stay clear" of criticising Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, adding that the veteran leader should only be "shown the door" by his own people.

Regional troops to remain in Gambia for a year

2017-06-05 19:00

The Economic Community of West African States says it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia.

Morocco king boycotts Africa summit to avoid Netanyahu

2017-06-02 18:35

Morocco's king has cancelled plans to attend a West Africa summit this weekend in Liberia due to the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign ministry has said.

Will Gambia's opposition continue to stick together?

2017-03-09 20:34

West African think tank, the Open Society Initiative says African leaders have a lot to learn from what happened in The Gambia, adding that the continent should build strong democratic institutions.

Armed Gambian soldier arrested in mosque as president prayed

2017-02-12 22:27

A Gambian soldier and former member of ex-President Yahya Jammeh's guard has been arrested for bringing a loaded gun into a mosque where President Adama Barrow was praying, the west African force in the country has said .

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