Dakar (AFP) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeking to boost his country’s ties with Africa, on Thursday promised increased trade with Senegal after pledging $5 million to the Sahel region’s battle against terrorism and trafficking. Erdogan arrived in Senegal from Mauritania on Thursday, as his four-nation African tour continued. “In two years President Erdogan has suggested that the level of trade should reach $250 million,” Senegal’s President Macky Sall told a joint press conference with his Turkish guest. “I think today we are seeing a new impetus in our relations,”Read More
Dakar (AFP) The judge conducting a trial into controversial Senegalese mayor Khalifa Sall’s alleged embezzlement of public funds will issue a verdict on March 30, the court has heard. Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall is accused with seven others of misappropriating 1.83 billion CFA francs ($3.3 million, 2.8 million euros) — a charge he denies and which backers say is to prevent him from running for president. Judge Malick Lamotte said on Friday a ruling would be issued on March 30 as the two sides argued their case for the finalRead More
Saint-Louis (Senegal) (AFP) French President Emmanuel Macron got a rousing welcome Saturday from tens of thousands as he visited the historic city of Saint-Louis, Senegal’s former capital, and announced an aid package of 40 million euros for the UNESCO World Heritage site which is threatened by coastal erosion from the Atlantic Ocean. Senegal’s second city was founded in 1659 and was the capital of the west African nation until 1957. It also served as the capital of French West Africa, as it was then known, between 1895 and 1902. MacronRead More
Dakar (AFP) Megastar Rihanna vowed she would “never stop fighting” to get millions of children back in school on Friday as French President Emmanuel Macron promised a major boost in foreign aid for education in developing nations. Macron co-hosted a conference in Dakar organised by the Global Partnership for Education with Senegalese President Macky Sall, while Rihanna attended as the organisation’s global ambassador. “We have made tremendous progress today but of course our work is never done, we have a long way to go, and this is a fight weRead More
Dakar (AFP) An international push to get a quarter of a billion children back to school got under way on Thursday at a conference aiming to fund education in defiance of poverty and unrest. Around the world, 264 million children are not in school, a gap that will keep many of them poor for the rest of their lives, according to organisers of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Co-hosts Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emmanuel Macron are expected to be joined by the musician Rihanna in theRead More
Ziguinchor (Senegal) (AFP) Investigators probing a massacre in Senegal’s troubled Casamance region said they had captured the organiser of the attack and said some separatist rebels were implicated in the killings. Fourteen young men were slaughtered in execution-style killings in a protected forest on January 6. The bloodbath — which comes at a delicate time for peace talks for Casamance — caused some to blame a group that has led a 35-year armed campaign for the region’s independence. The separatist group itself blames a fight within the illegal logging trade,Read More
Ziguinchor (Senegal) (AFP) A rebel leader in Senegal’s Casamance warns his fighters may end a three-year truce if the army pursues a crackdown in the troubled region. Salif Sadio, a leader of the Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC) which is staging a 35-year-old campaign for independence, issued the warning after a wave of arrests following a massacre in a protected forest. Fourteen young men were killed in execution-style killings on January 6 in the forest of Bayotte. Early suspicions for the bloodbath fell on the MFDC. But the groupRead More
Dakar (AFP) Sixteen people are to be prosecuted in connection with the massacre of 14 young men in Senegal’s troubled region of Casamance, a source close to the case said on Friday. The accused face charges of murder and criminal association over the January 6 killings in the forest of Bayotte. The 16 suspects, who were arrested on Sunday, also face charges of participation in a rebel movement and possession of weapons without authorisation, according to the source. Six other people detained by police have been released without charge “forRead More
Dakar (AFP) President Macky Sall on Thursday suspended all authorisations for logging and ordered an overhaul of Senegal’s forestry laws after a massacre connected to the illegal trade in timber. In a statement, Sall said he had instructed the government “to suspend until further orders all authorisations for logging and to immediately proceed with a revision of the forestry code.” He also urged the armed forces to “use all necessary means to permanently neutralise all armed groups” operating on national soil. On January 6, 14 young men were murdered, mostRead More
Dakar (AFP) A gunman was killed in Senegal’s southern Casamance region during a shootout at the weekend with soldiers searching for the killers of 14 men in an area known for its illegal logging networks. A military source told AFP on Monday that troops fell upon an armed group in the search area. “There were clashes. We killed one of them,” the source said. Senegalese police said Sunday they had arrested 22 people suspected of involvement in the January 6 massacre, which many have blamed on rival criminal outfits whoRead More