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And ahead of the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, some 151 organisations and individuals from within the continent and representing the African diaspora say denying Observer Status to Israel will send a message that atrocities can be punished even by the weak. They call themselves a coalition of Pan-African civil society organisations.
A bill that pushed back the February 25 poll and plunged the country into electoral uncertainty was overturned on Thursday by Senegal’s Constitutional Council.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) last month ordered Israel to take all measures within its power to prevent its troops from committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, in a case brought by South Africa.
In addition, parliament accepted the nomination of Taye Atske Selassie, a former ambassador to the United Nations, as foreign minister. Mekonnen had also served as foreign minister since 2020.
The Conversation Africa’s Godfred Akoto Boafo asked political scientist Olayinka Ajala about the implications of the withdrawal.
Namibia’s President Hage Geingob, 82, died in hospital early on Sunday, the presidency said, weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Fighting erupted in Amhara last July between federal forces and a local militia called Fano, which has accused the government of undermining the region’s security.
Now the local Brexit in West Africa has caught the attention of the African Union (AU). On Wednesday, the AU Commission warned that the “irreplaceable unity” of Ecowas must be preserved and African solidarity enhanced.
A postponement of the presidential poll would be unprecedented for Senegal, which has seen four largely peaceful transitions of power via the ballot box since independence from France in 1960.