On Monday, the Constitutional Council validated President Alassane Ouattara’s candidacy for a controversial third term and surprisingly rejected the candidacy of former President Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro for the October 31 presidential election in Cote d’Ivoire.
The Constitutional Council validated only four of the 44 presidential candidacies. Former President Henri Konan Bedie, Pascal Affi Nguessan, former Prime Minister of the Presidency Laurent Gbagbo, and MP Kouadio Konan Bertin, dissident from Bedie’s party, have also been validated. We will be in Abidjan in this magazine.
In Mali, the movement leading the protest on the street against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, overthrown by a coup, rejected the charter approved by the junta, giving a transition of 18 months. The group of colonels that overthrew Keita on August 18 is under strong pressure to reveal its plan to restore civilian power. You will hear the analysis of Baba Dakono, a researcher at the Citizen Observatory on Governance and Security in Bamako.
Supporters of independent Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni are demanding his immediate release in Algiers. Khaled Drareni, who was sentenced in August to three years in prison for covering anti-government protests in Algeria, took part in an appeal hearing, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the media monitoring organization.
Finally, we take you to South Africa. Siya Kolisi, Springbok’s first black captain, launched her foundation that has made it possible for thousands of people to eat. Prison time linked to the health crisis was particularly difficult for the poorest. Report in this issue.