EU Electoral mission chief in Senegal Thijis Berman gives assessment of vote

In Senegal incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade has admitted that presidential elections are likely to go into a second round. Unofficial figures show Wade will now probably face former Prime Minister Macky Sall in the run-off. However, concerns are being raised about the time it is taking for official results to come through. Thijis Berman, the head of the EU’s electoral observer mission in Senegal, explains the possible reasons for the delay. (first on RFI)


Senegal’s presidential elections – Wade v Sall?

In Senegal, unofficial tallies are pointing to an election run-off between incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade and opposition candidate Macky Sall. Wade previously said he expected to win in the first round of elections with a landslide. Issaka Souaré, a senior researcher specialising in West Africa at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, spoke  about the implications of the results. (first broadcast on RFI)

Need for aid in the Sahel region (interview with UN Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos)

Concerns are growing over the humanitarian situation in the Sahel region. Yipènè Djibril Bassolé, the Burkina Faso Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, will be attending a meeting in Algeria on the issue later today. The situation has been exacerbated in recent weeks after fighting broke out between rebels and security forces in northern Mali. Tens of thousands of people are now in need of humanitarian assistance after seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. The UN Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, spoke  earlier this week about her concerns for the region. (first on RFI)

Attracting the youth vote in Senegal

With five days to go before polling begins in Senegal’s presidential election, one group of voters candidates are particularly eager to woo is young people.The reason is that, whereas in France, the average age is nearly 40, in Senegal it is only 19. I asked Helene Neveu Kringelbach, a specialist in Senegal from Oxford University in England whether in her view  young people in Senegal feel represented by the political process. (first on RFI)

ANC says no to nationalising mines

A study conducted for South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has rejected calls to nationalise the country’s mines. It has instead backed higher taxes and royalties. The ANC’s Youth League had called for the nationalisation of mines to curb poverty and reduce inequality in one of the world’s most unequal societies. Andrew Feinstein, a political analyst and former ANC member of parliament talks about the implications of the report. (first on RFI