Bintou Keita to stay on as MONUSCO head
The tenure of Bintou Keita as head of MONUSCO, the UN mission in the DRC, is set to be extended for a year.
Over the last few months, China has been actively lobbying for the appointment of one of its diplomats to head the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). France has held this key post since 1997.
Ghana's 16,000-strong army has become one of the main levers of Accra's outsized diplomatic influence in Africa and beyond, with nearly 3,000 soldiers deployed across a dozen UN missions. President Nana Akufo-Addo is particularly fond of his country's armed forces and increasingly relies on his Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Akwa.
Seized by a Lebanese couple seeking to enforce an arbitration ruling, the French courts have authorised the auctioning off of two properties belonging to the Congolese state. Kinshasa's defence - that these premises are diplomatically protected - has been rejected by Parisian magistrates.
As the fallout of the 18-August coup continues to rock the country, the head of the peacekeeping operation in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, should have his mandate extended until April. But the debate on who will succeed him is back on and Washington is still pushing for David Gressly.