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Mauritania: President injured in “accidental” shooting

The Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz is recuperating in hospital after an army unit accidentally opened fire on the official convoy in which he was travelling.

Mr Abdelaziz was rushed to hospital in Mauritania before being flown to France where he is continuing to be treated for his injury. The Mauritanian government has said that the president was shot in the arm and his condition is stable and improving.

There has been speculation that the shooting was an assassination attempt. Two army officers have reportedly been detained on suspicion of involvement.

Senegal: Match abandoned after crowd riots

An African Cup of Nations qualification match held in Dakar had to be abandoned after fans started a riot. The match, a second leg play off tie between home side Senegal and Ivory Coast, was called off with the latter winning 2-0.

Senegalese fans started fires in the stadium before riot police moved in with tear gas. Senegal needed to win the game to avoid missing out on next years’s Cup of Nations tournament. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) are yet to decide on any potential sanctions.

No winner for annual Mo Ibrahim prize

For the third time in the last four years, there is to be no winner of the annual Mo Ibrahim prize for good governance. The prize, awarded by billionaire philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, is given to an African leader who is deemed to have governed effectively, raised the living standards in their country, and left office voluntarily. The awarding panel said that this year no leaders had met the criteria. Last year’s prize was won by Cape Verde’s President Pedro Verona Pires.

Mo Ibrahim said that the $5m prize was being withheld this year as “we said we’re going to have a prize for exceptional leadership, we have to stick to that. We are not going to compromise”.

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