Crisis in Niger: Algeria suspends its mediation

Crisis in Niger: Algeria suspends its mediation

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune takes part in a meeting with the Russian president at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 15, 2023.

Algeria announced on Monday the suspension of its mediation. While waiting for guarantees from Niamey, whose adherence to the process is taken with caution.

At the center of Algerian apprehensions, the failure of exchanges between the two countries on "the program and content of the visit for preparatory discussions of the head of Algerian diplomacy in Niamey. But not only that.

The Nigerien Prime Minister declared that he had learned of the acceptance of Algerian mediation on social networks, half-heartedly accusing Algeria of “manipulation”. Algiers then questions Niamey's real desire to go to the negotiating table.

Algeria had proposed inclusive political discussions at the end of August "for a maximum of six months to try to resolve the crisis in Niger. The transitional authorities had informed on September 27, "by official letter of their acceptance of Algerian participation in the resolution of the crisis facing their country.

Niger has been governed for more than two months by a military regime that came to power after a coup that overthrew elected President Mohamed Bazoum.

Liberia: 2.4 million voters called to the polls

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. in Liberia and will remain open until 6 p.m.

2 million 4,00,000 voters are called upon to decide between President Georges Weah and 19 other opposition candidates in these presidential and legislative elections. Voters will also elect members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

According to observers, this election should be a remake of 2017 where Georges Weah and Joseph Boakai of the main opposition party reached the second round. Even so, the outgoing president fought his campaign around the slogan one lap for victory.

His detractors denounce his record tainted by the corruption of those close to him and the worsening of poverty. Many still criticize him for his stay in Qatar during the Football World Cup to support his American son.

However, President Georges Weah considers himself best placed to develop Liberia. His entourage assures that his re-election will allow him to complete the projects started. The first results are expected in 15 days.

More than 60 percent of Liberia's 5.4 million people are under 25, but unemployment is widespread among the country's youth, some of whom were former child soldiers during the civil war.

To win, a candidate must obtain at least 50% plus one of the votes cast. If no party reaches this threshold, the two parties having obtained the greatest number of votes in the first round will proceed to a second round by simple majority.
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