News – Burkina Faso: New Constitution (2020)

Burkina Faso (constitutional referendum): While a draft constitution exists since last year, the referendum might be shelved for the foreseeable future. The dates for the next presidential and legislative elections were fixed for November 22, without any mention of a new constitution taking effect until then. This delays any referendum until at least mid-2021. → Read the rest “News – Burkina Faso: New Constitution (2020)”

What is France up to in its former colonies?

The essentials: On Monday, French President Macron hosted his five Sahelian counterparts in the French town of Pau. In the run-up to the summit, Macron found harsh words for the anti-French protests in those same countries, threatening to pull out French troops fighting Islamists in the Sahel. In December, he also announced together with Ivorian President Ouattara that the West African CFA would transition to a new currency called Eco, signaling a less prominent role of France in African monetary policy. → Read the rest “What is France up to in its former colonies?”