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Morocco readmitted into the African Union: Will the AU remain resolute on Western Sahara?
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Politics and Society Morocco readmitted into the African Union: Will the AU remain resolute on Western Sahara?

The African Union (AU) welcomed an old member, the Kingdom of Morocco, that left the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) after the continental bloc refused to support Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara, which it occupied in 1976. The dispute over Western Sahara will hog the limelight and the issue, which has continued to divide the AU member states will resurface and test the AU’s strength and resolve to address a longstanding political crisis.

The Africa we want: Social media reflections on Africa Day
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Politics and Society The Africa we want: Social media reflections on Africa Day

As Africans across the continent and world celebrate Africa Day, we asked our readers what the day mean for them and to evaluate the progress which has been made to develop the continent. The responses have ranged from messages of optimism, pride at our African cultures and identities. The optimism of a better Africa is punctuated of course by sentiments of disillusionment and betrayal and calls for self introspection. We take a look at some of the messages on social media on Africa Day.

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Politics and Society Africa Day: 10 quotes from African leaders

Today is Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which is now known as the Africa Union (AU), [established on 26 May 2001]. The OAU was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, when 32 countries signed the OAU Charter and 22 states have since joined the continental bloc. What are your thoughts on the progress made, how important is the day to you?

What next for the African Standby Force?
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Politics and Society What next for the African Standby Force?

The readiness of the African Union’s (AU’s) African Standby Force (ASF) was put to the test during a major field exercise over three weeks in October and November. Troops marched into mock battle to take back territory seized by rebels in the fictional state of Carana, set up for Operation Amani Africa II at the SA National Defence Force’s combat training centre in the Northern Cape.