Algiers and Rabat jostle for influence in the Sahel
Since the 18 August Mali coup and with tensions flaring over Western Sahara, the Sahel has become the new stage for Algeria and Morocco's battle for influence.
As applications for commissioners' posts continue to be scrutinised at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Algeria, which has been one of the long-standing pillars of the pan-African organisation, is completely out of the running.
Although Moussa Faki looks certain to be re-elected as chairperson of the African Union Commission, his deputy and six commissioners have still to be found among the 90 applicants for the different posts.
Since the position of African Union commissioner for peace and security was created in 2003, it has been held by an Algerian. But now there's near-unanimous agreement that the job, with expanded responsibilities, should go to another African powerhouse:
Mohammed VI's announcement of the creation of a ministry for African affairs before parliament on October 13 marks the start of a major reorganization of Morocco's diplomatic relations with the continent. "M6" wants to separate business diplomacy, a field in [.