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Sénégal: Dakar fait un triomphe

Lex-maire de Dakar Khalifa Sall, en prison depuis deux ans et demi, a retrouvé la liberté dimanche à la faveur d’une grâce présidentielle, et a été acclamé par une foule en liesse lors d’une traversée nocturne de la capitale sénégalaise. La remise en liberté de Khalifa Sall, réclamée par les soutiens de cet adversaire du chef de l’Etat sénégalais Macky Sall, a surpris les Sénégalais, bien qu’elle intervienne dans contexte de décrispation politique orchestrée par des chefs religieux musulmans. Dès la nouvelle connue, ses partisans se sont massés devant la prison de Rebeuss à Dakar, d’où Khalifa Sall est sorti vers 20H00. Ils ont ensuite accompagné son convoi à travers plusieurs quartiers de la capitale, dont Grand Yoff, bastion électoral de ce socialiste de 63 ans au visage juvénile, ont constaté des journalistes de l’AFP. Read more on Slate Afrique Sent by  Edouard Bustin

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New dictionary provides nuanced insights into the language of African politics

Every country has its own political language. These terms and phrases that have developed over time give distinctive meanings that may not be fully understood by outsiders. Unless we learn them, we may miss critical information about how politics really works. Our new dictionary of African politics reveals the witty and insightful political terminology that people in different African countries use to speak truth to power and discuss everyday developments. It shows the importance of language for understanding politics and the varied experience of different nations. The dictionary serves three key purposes. First, it provides clear and concise overviews of hundreds of key personalities, events and institutions from the colonial period to the present day. These range from Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to former South African leader Jacob Zuma, through the late Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathaai, and Aja Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, a leading gender activist and the vice president of Gambia. Second, it explains a rich set of theoretical terms that emerged out of the research on Africa over the last 70 years. These include neo-patrimonialism and extraversion, which have become important for global debates about power and the way it’s exercised. Third – and much more significantly – it allows for a better understanding of the contributions […]

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