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Amid progress in West Africa and the Sahel, UN envoy warns of region’s political challenges

13 January 2017 – Briefing the Security Council on the situation in West Africa and the Sahel region, a senior United Nations official cited a “rising tide of democracy” throughout the continent, noting that a number of countries had recently held elections which largely complied with electoral norms and standards, upholding their status a model in the region and beyond.