Mali: A New Interim President, But Crisis Far From Over

The former speaker of Parliament, Dioncounda Traore, was sworn in today as the new head of state in Mali. As much as this transition of power is a significant step towards restoring democratic rule, the security situation in the country has worsened, as the rebellion in the north is far from under control.

Senegal Gripped by Pre-Election Violence

Growing tensions and violent protests have gripped Senegal ahead of the presidential election. Sunday will be a critical day for Senegalese democracy, as voters head to the polls for a very contentious vote.