Sall on hand to open Senegal’s new mosque

Sall on hand to open Senegal’s new mosque

President Macky Sall was on hand Friday as a new mosque – billed as West Africa’s largest – opened in Dakar. Sall attended the ceremony, his motorcade winding among massive throngs that gathered in the Grande Mosquée Massalikoul Djinane in the Bope section of the city, where Senegal’s Mouride Brotherhood…

China welcomes news of Sall win in Senegal’s elections

The government of China has extended its congratulations to President Macky Sall of Senegal, who was declared winner of the country’s February 24 election by the Commission Electorale Nationale Autonome (CENA). Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the news during a Friday briefing and said Sall…

Senegal’s CENA asks for patience as it tallies election results

Senegal’s electoral commission has until Friday to release the former results of Sunday’s election, but the early results suggest that President Macky Sall is headed toward a second term. That said, the Commission Electorale Nationale Autonome (CENA) is asking candidates and their supporters to refrain from announcing victory or prematurely…

Senegal’s voters head to the polls

Voters in Senegal head to the polls on Sunday in a closely watched contest that’s raised concerns over electoral violence and a democratic process. Five candidates, including incumbent President Macky Sall, are competing for the presidency. The others include  Issa Sall and the Unity and Assembly Party (PUR); Ousmane Sonko of…

Senegal’s electoral violence sparks UNOWAS appeal for calm

Mohamed ibn Chambas, the United Nations special representative for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), has called for peace on all sides in Senegal ahead of the country’s February 24 elections. That peace was disrupted by the deaths of two people earlier this week in Tambacounda, in eastern Senegal, during episodes…

Sall opens Senegal’s Musée des Civilisations noires

Senegal opened its long-awaited Musée des Civilisations noires (MCN) on Thursday, with President Macky Sall on hand to deliver the keynote address at inaugural ceremonies in Dakar. The museum realizes a pan-African vision that dates to the era of the country’s first president and was completed with more than USD$34…

Chinese president arrives in Rwanda

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan have arrived in Rwanda for a two-day state visit, where they were received by President Paul Kagame and the Rwandan First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.  The visit to Rwanda is the first for a Chinese president, and underscores the growing influence of…

Senegal welcomes Mouride Muslims to annual pilgrimage

Senegal is expecting up to 5 million people this weekend as Mouride pilgrims gather for the Grand Magal pilgrimage in Touba, an annual ceremony that begins Saturday. The holy city about 200 kilometers east of Dakar is at the center of the Mouride Muslim order, a mystical Sufi strand in…

More skilled workers needed in Africa

Africa is in dire need of more skilled workers in the fields of applied sciences, engineering and technology. The World Bank reported that “there is one or less scientist or engineer per 10,000 people, compared with 20 to 50 in industrialized countries.” June 29, 2015 a gathering was held by…