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What we’re reading, 21 September 2020

Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.

Rape now a ‘national emergency’, president declares 

Liberian President George Weah formally declared gender-based violence a “national emergency,” reported The Daily Observer (Liberia). This follows countrywide protests calling for improved justice for survivors and stronger gender-based violence prevention.

Mahebourg, the capital of the south, welcomes thousands of angry Mauritians

Zinfos Moris (Mauritius) reported that thousands of protestors gathered in Mauritius on Saturday over the perceived government mishandling of an oil spill in July 2020. This was the country’s second major protest over the incident. 

Côte d’Ivoire: Constitutional Council validates only four candidacies out of forty-four  

The North Africa Post (Morocco) reported that the Ivorian Constitutional Council validated Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara’s candidacy to seek a third term, sparking protests in several cities. The council only validated four out of the 44 candidacies.

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