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What we’re reading, 4 May 2021

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.

Somali president calls for elections in bid to calm tensions 

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed called for elections and a return to dialogue after the extension of his mandate by two years sparked violence across the country, reported Africanews (pan-African).

Chad gets interim PM one week after president’s death 

Chad’s military junta appointed interim Chadian Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke, who has reiterated his commitment to peace, stating that the transitional government should lead to a democratic transfer of power, reported Punch (Nigeria).

Blinken makes first Africa trip, virtually 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made his first virtual visit to Africa this week, meeting with leaders from Nigeria and Kenya. He vowed for greater US commitment in both countries and cautioned against China’s growing role on the continent, reported The Sierra Leone Times (Sierra Leone). 

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