Monthly Archives: February 2010

More problems at the top in Nigeria






So, apparently, President Yar’Adua was secretively brought back into Nigeria. And now some people are questioning the authority of acting President Jonathan. allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Power Play Rocks Aso Abuja — THERE were more questions than answers about happenings at the nation’s seat of power, the Aso Rock, yesterday.The signs of cleavages and outright disloyalty to…

BBC News – Military coup ousts Niger president






Not sure that West Africa needs any more political instability… clipped from news.bbc.co.uk Military coup ousts Niger president The president was seized in a gun battle in Niger’s capital, Niamey A coup has taken place in Niger and the president has been captured after a gun battle in the capital, Niamey. In a television announcement,…

Democracy in West Africa Take 2






So, as I posted last week, two stories to watch are the electoral cycles in Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria.  And two very interesting developments have taken place over the last week.  First, “Goodluck Jonathan” has become the official acting president of Nigeria. This is significant for two reasons.  One is that it means that Yar’Adua…

Democracy in West Africa






A couple stories to watch: In Nigeria, elections in the southeastern Anambra state, were marred by allegations of fraud and claims of disenfranchisement.  The concern is what this might signal for next year’s Presidential election. Fortunately, the election itself was largely peaceful… this time. Meanwhile, in Cote d’Ivoire, many are claiming they are being disenfranchised…

NY Times graphic on Obama’s budget






This is a great graphic for representing the relative size of different areas of expenditure and the proposed changes for next year. Not necessarily a whole lot of surprises in here, however.  One of the biggest increases is for the net interest that we pay on debt (from $US 188 -> 251 billion).  Spending on…