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Info net: The government confirms having requested the withdrawal of French forces

Le porte-parole du gouvernement du Burkina Faso, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, a confirmé lundi, que les autorités burkinabè ont donné un mois à la France pour retirer ses troupes présentes sur le sol burkinabè en vertu d’un accord militaire signé en décembre 2018. “Cette dénonciation est dans l’ordre normal des choses. A plusieurs reprises les autorités

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Info net: The government confirms having requested the withdrawal of French forces

Burkina Faso government spokesman Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo confirmed on Monday that the Burkinabè authorities have given France one month to withdraw its troops present on Burkinabè soil under a military agreement signed in December 2018. “This denunciation is in the normal order of things. On several occasions the French authorities have always indicated the responsibility of the Burkinabè authorities in the presence of French forces in Burkina Faso. The French Secretary of State recalled this during her visit recently in Ouagadougou,” the spokesperson for the Burkinabè government said on public television (RTB) on Monday. For him, the French forces are based in Ouagadougou, at the request of Burkina Faso and its authorities and it is up to the Burkinabè authorities, if necessary, to request their departure and to denounce the military agreement which allows these forces to be stationed. in Ouagadougou. “This denunciation is in the normal order of things because it is provided for in the terms of the military agreement which allows the deployment of French forces in Burkina Faso. Article 16 provides for this denunciation, a kind of notice which leaves one month to the French side to yield to this request”, specified the spokesman of the Burkinabè government. Ouédraogo assured that this denunciation is not linked to a particular event. “It is linked only to the will of the authorities of the transition and the support of all the Burkinabè people. It is linked to an overall vision of the Burkinabè to win the war”, he said, stressing that the only void that this denunciation can leave in this war against terrorism “is the void that the Burkinabè themselves will have left”. – Burkina Faso will rely on its own forces “At this level we have no fear. The Burkinabè themselves are standing up and will make sure that we win this war”, insisted the spokesman for the Burkinabè government. Ouédraogo recalled that the French authorities have always underlined the sacrifice represented by France's commitment in the Sahel in general, including of course Burkina Faso. “It is a human sacrifice, but beyond the human sacrifice it is also an economic sacrifice. The vision of the transition today is that it is the Burkinabè themselves who will make the sacrifice for the liberation of our territory for the reconquest of the entire territory and especially for the refoundation”, he said. “This is the dynamic, this is the vision of the Burkinabè authorities, convinced that the Burkinabè together, in a patriotic outburst, defense and security forces and above all volunteers for the defense of the homeland will win this war. We have faith and we are convinced that the current commitment of the Burkinabè will be decisive in the victory over the forces of evil,” he said. “We are counting on our own means, on our own human resources to be able to win this war. Of course we expect support from our friends, but above all material support to be able to accompany us in equipping volunteers for the defense of the homeland, of our soldiers. Today what we expect from our friends is this material support”, he added. Reacting to this decision by Burkina Faso on Sunday evening, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France is awaiting “clarifications” stressing that “the messages that had come out at this stage were very confusing”. “The agreement is clear, article 16 is clear, so in the event of termination, it is a month's notice which is given to the other party, at the present stage we see no reason that the French side does not respect the terms of an agreement that it has signed”, replied the spokesperson for the Burkinabè government. Ouédraogo, also declared that Burkina Faso has requested the replacement of the current French ambassador. “We have received all the assurances that the French authorities will accede to this request this week. We expect to see the outcome this week of this request,” he said. Since the September 30, 2022 coup, the second in eight months in Burkina Faso, diplomatic relations between Paris and Ouagadougou, already affected by the rise of anti-French sentiment in Africa, have continued to deteriorate. . French diplomatic influence was notably targeted by demonstrators hostile to France after the coup d'etat, while last December the Burkinabè government decided to suspend until further notice the broadcasting of Radio France Internationale (RFI), accusing the media of “failures”. AA/Ouagadougou/Dramane Traoré

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Infos: Much of Africa less safe, democratic than in 2012 – Mo Ibrahim Foundation

In this photograph taken Tuesday July 19, 2011 armed soldiers stage a night patrol at an isolated outpost in the Kruger National Park's Sabi River valley.   –   Copyright © africanews Denis Farrell/AP2011 By Rédaction Africanews and AP Last updated: 8 hours ago Sudan A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much

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A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much of the continent is “less safe, secure and democratic” than it was 10 years ago, citing a surge in military coups and armed conflicts.

The democratic backsliding now threatens to reverse decades of progress made in Africa, according to an index of governance compiled by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation that notes 23 successful and attempted coups since 2012.

“This phenomenon of coup d’etats that was common in the '80s seems to have become fashionable again in certain parts of Africa,” said Ibrahim, a British billionaire born in Sudan who is using his fortune to promote democracy and political accountability in Africa.

His foundation's report cited eight successful coups just since 2019. Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso have seen two each during that time, further destabilizing a part of the world already under siege by Islamic militants.

Pervasive security problems

The report's authors also found overall security problems pervasive: Over the past decade, nearly 70% of Africans saw security and rule of law decrease in their countries, they said. More than 30 countries declined in this category, according to the index.

South Sudan ranked at the bottom, followed by Somalia, Eritrea, Congo, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.

Government violence against civilians and political unrest increased across Africa since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the report says, with governments using restrictions to clamp down on dissent.

“Although this trend predates the pandemic, existing antidemocratic tendencies have been accelerated by the introduction of restrictive measures and emergency provisions that have been left in place for an extended time period,” it said.

The index did chart improvements in some economic, education and gender equity categories, Ibrahim said. However, the report only analyzed data through the end of 2021 so did not take into account the full impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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              In a statement issued on Monday, Cameroon said it had “not entrusted any foreign country or external entity with any role of mediator or facilitator to settle the crisis”. 

              In response, a spokesperson for the Anglophone separatists, said they had taken note of the government's latest statement while Ottawa on Tuesday said it was in touch with both sides in the conflict, maintaining that it’s statement still stands.

              Since 2017, factions of secessionist militias have been battling government troops in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon. 

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                          Nigerien players celebrate win over Cameroon to reach CHAN 2022 quarters on Jan. 24, 2023.   –   Copyright © africanews @CAF By Rédaction Africanews and AFP Last updated: 2 hours ago Algeria Cameroon and Mali crashed out of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Tuesday (Jan. 24) as the group phase in Algeria came to a

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                          Cameroon and Mali crashed out of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Tuesday (Jan. 24) as the group phase in Algeria came to a shock-riddled climax.

                          Two-time runners-up Mali needed only a score draw against Mauritania to top Group D, but lost 1-0 with Mamadou Sy scoring the 53rd-minute goal that took his country to the quarter-finals.

                          Cameroon, who hosted the previous edition and came fourth, also needed only one point to finish first in Group E, but fell 1-0 to Niger, who snatched top spot.

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                          On Friday (Jan.27), title favourites Algeria face the Ivory Coast in Algiers and Senegal meet west African neighbours Mauritania in Annaba.

                          Madagascar play Mozambique in Constantine and Niger tackle two-time runners-up Ghana in Oran on Saturday (Jan. 28).

                          None of the eight teams that made it to the quarterfinals in 2018, made it to the knockout stage this time.

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                          None of the surviving teams have won the CHAN with Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo twice each and Tunisia and Libya lifting the trophy in the six previous tournaments.

                          After Algeria and Senegal predictably topped Groups A and B last weekend, minnows have captured the headlines with Madagascar winning Group C on Monday.

                          Before facing Mali, Mauritania had lost all six matches in two other appearances, and fought a goalless draw with Angola in Algeria last week.

                          That automatically made them underdogs against Mali, whose proud CHAN record included reaching the 2016 and 2020 finals.

                          But the Mauritanians never allowed the Malians to settle in the first match of a double-header in the western city of Oran and Sy outjumped Souleymane Coulibaly to nod the match-winner.

                          Following a dour draw with Congo Brazzaville, Niger were given little chance of stopping Cameroon, who were watched by football federation president and former superstar Samuel Eto'o.

                          Cameroon had looked likelier to score until the match was turned on its head in the 69th minute as an Ousseini Badamassi free-kick deflected off Thomas Bawak into the net.

                          Needing an equaliser to survive, Cameroon lay siege to the Nigerien goalmouth, but several poorly-taken free-kicks summed up a night to forget for the central Africans.

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