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Guinea Bissau -- Post-Election Coup Attempt & Threat of Destabilisation [December 4, 2008]

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In the early hours of Sunday November 23, 2008, the residence of the President Joao Bernardo Nino Vieira in Tion di Peppel quarters was attacked by assailant soldiers, killing one presidential guard and wounding others. This attack came barely days after November 16, 2008 parliamentary polls widely reported to have been free, fair and transparent. Immediate reaction from within Bissau, ECOWAS and the rest of the international community was swift and firm. In a press release issued on Monday after an emergency cabinet meeting, the Government of Guinea Bissau unreservedly condemned what it referred to as an attempted coup d’état and vowed to arrest and bring to book the perpetrators of such a heinous act. The population traumatised by years of instability quickly called for a mass demonstration in support of the democratic process and the country’s drive towards stability.

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Ending the Niger Delta CRISES: Exploring Women’s Participation in Peace Processes [August 15, 2009]

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The Niger Delta question predates the independence of Nigeria and has continued to stick out like a sore thumb in the nation. The present administration’s renewed search for an effective solution to this protracted problem is based on the fact that it is part of President Yar’Adua's Seven Point Agenda, and thus a critical index in measuring the success of the administration as well as the country's march towards Vision 2020. The strategic importance of the Niger delta to the socio-economic well being of Nigeria can never be over emphasized; the creeks and swamps in the region sit on one of the world’s biggest oil reserves with about 54 billion barrels of oil.

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Togo : Les enjeux d’une élection présidentielle: changement ou continuité [March 3, 2010]

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L’année 2010 est une année importante pour 17 pays africainsi qui vont commémorer les 50 ans de leur accession à l’indépendance. Au Togo, cela fait 5 ans que le Président Gnassingbé Eyadema qui a dirigé le Togo de 1967 à 2005 a tiré sa révérence. C’est dans ce contexte de célébration de souvenirs que les Togolais se préparent pour aller aux élections le jeudi 4 mars 2010 dans un climat politiquement confus fait de méfiance et de suspicion et économiquement à la recherche de ses repères. L’on aurait cru que les 5 années du Président Faure GNASSINGBE devraient suffire pour asseoir les bases structurelles d’une démocratie forte et d’une économie florissante. Les efforts faits par le Président Faure GNASSINGBE n’ont pas encore été suffisants pour permettre aux Togolais de se vanter d’une démocratie apaisée où les principes forts d’une démocratie moderne balisent le terrain pour un développement économique.

Le but du présent Policy Brief est d’analyser les différentes forces politiques en présence et de proposer les différentes scenarii possibles à l’issue de la consultation électorale du 4 mars 2010.

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Tackling the crisis in Guinea: Prioritising the Priorities [October 28, 2009]

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The September 28, 2009 massacres of over 150 Guineans and maiming of others; the brutal raping of women and reported hiding of corpses of the victims, have dashed all hopes of Guineans and pundits who still afforded to give the military junta a chance. Captain Dadis Camara has just  plummeted from a 'hero to a villain.' The 'wait and see' period that followed the bloodless coup d'état after the death of President Lansana Conté and the seizure of power by Captain Dadis Camara has flickered out.

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