Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Mali, where French and Malian troops say they have killed or captured 30 jihadists as part of the anti-insurgent offensive, Operation Barkhane. And we stay in Mali, which has reclaimed its place as the leading African country in terms of cotton production but were very little of its own “White Gold” is processed for further use. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

In Mali, Cisse’s supporters protest the result

Hundreds of supporters of Malian opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé protest in the streets of Bamako against the results of the presidential election. It was announced that incumbent president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been re-elected for a second mandate with 67,17% of the vote, defeating Cissé who only won 32,83%. Cissé’s party claims the poll was rigged in favor of Keïta. IMAGES

Malians take matters into own hands as police vanish before vote

In the central Malian town of Konna, the government pulled out the last police squad last year to deploy it in the most threatened parts of the region, which are gripped by a mix of jihadist violence and ethnic disputes. With the presidential election just a few weeks away, local officials are struggling to prepare for the polls, while the insecurity has pushed the population to take matters into their own hands.

Spiderman’s French fairy tale sparks migrant pride and envy

In the 30 seconds it took him to scale four storeys of a Paris apartment building to rescue a dangling child, Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama went from being completely unknown in his adoptive France to becoming its national hero. His unlikely path to citizenship has earned him broad acclaim even as it sheds light on the desperate hope of so many like him to find a way to permanent residency and a new life in Europe.