Links roundup: Aftermath of Senegalese and Nigerian presidential elections, protests in North Africa, and more

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We’re playing catchup with sharing links from the last few episodes. Here’s what we shared:

In Episode 59, the first part of our conversation surrounded recent election results in Senegal and Nigeria. We were joined by Matt Buehler (@mattjbuehler), an assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee and Global Security Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Here are the stories and links featured in our newswrap segment of this week’s episode:

  • Results from the Senegalese election declare Macky Sall victorious, though opposition candidates rejected the results.
  • Matt Mossman (@mamossman) wrote a piece on President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection and his anti corruption platform.
  • Dionne Searcey (@dionnesearcey) reported that opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar called the results a “sham election”.
  • Searcey also reported on the frustrations of Nigerians towards the Buhari administration in the lead up to the election.
  • The election delay during the 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria may have increased lack of trust in fair elections.
  • Check out BBC’s interactive website to see vote breakdown by state in the recent presidential election in Nigeria.
  • Episode 57 guest, Nicholas Kerr, will be observing  the Nigerian elections taking place on March 9th. Follow his Twitter feed to stay informed.
  • In Algeria, thousands of university students are protesting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term.
  • This Monkey Cage piece by political scientists Caroline Abadeer (@c_abadeer) and Yuree Noh (@yureenoh) analyzes the recent protests in Algeria and why it may bring real change.
  • Take a look at Kim and Boniface Dulani’s research on presidential death and constitutional succession in Africa.
  • A look at Sudan’s age structure.
  • Rejection marches in Sudan are being held in states as well as in districts of the capital city.
  • These marches follow after President Omar Al Bashir declared a State of Emergency declared last week.
  • Ahmed Mohamed Haroun was announced as head of the ruling National Congress Party in Sudan until the party’s next general conference.
  • Guests Lisa Mueller (@cp_nerd) and Zachariah Mampilly (@Ras_Karya), have both talked about protests as hopeful.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind came out on Netflix this week.

Watch the trailer here:

In Episode 58, we welcomed Wendell Marsh (@theafrabian), an Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Buffet Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University.

Here are the stories and links featured in our newswrap segment of episode 58 as well as a few BONUS links:

In Episode 57, we discuss the postponement of Nigerian elections with Nicholas Kerr (@nnkerr), an assistant professor of comparative politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida.

Here are the stories and links featured in our news wrap segment of episode 57 as well as a few BONUS links:

  • This New York Times article details the historical legacies and proximate causes to the growing protest movement in Sudan.
  • Security forces arrested 14 professors  as they were gathering outside Khartoum University to join the protests.
  • This piece by Anankwa Dwamena (@Kwatrekwa) in The New Yorker connects the current uprising with its historical predecessors.
  • Taghreed Elsanhouri’s (@mawja) piece in Africa is a Country also takes a look at the October uprising of 1964 and compares it to the current one in Sudan.
  • The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso resigns and the AFP thinks this is why.
  • Premium Times Nigeria publishes that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is considering postponing the Nigerian presidential and assembly elections.
  • INEC announces that elections are postponed due to logistical reasons.
  • A fascinating piece by The Monkey Cage explores the possible impact WhatsApp will have on the upcoming Nigerian elections because of its ability to circulate fake news. Research done by: Jaime Hitchen ( @jchitchen), Idayat Hassan (@HassanIdayat), Nic Cheeseman (@Fromagehomme) and Jonathan Fisher (@JFisherBham).
  • This Crisis Group report outlines that Cameroonian government authorities are ramping up repression of opposition, heightening risk of more unrest.
  • Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto is arrested and charged with “rebellion” and “insurrection.”
  • The United Nations criticizes Belgium’s newly renovated Africa Museum for failing to adequately apologize for its colonial past.
  • Brussels Times details a UN report which finds that racial discrimination in Belgium today is occurring unaddressed.
  • The latest on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
  • Nigerians set to go to polls in referendum on Buhari’s first term.

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