The timing of the resignation is interesting. A new offensive is in the works in the Eastern Part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This time the target is the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) or the former Armed Forces of the Government that was driven out of Power during the horrific genocidal period in 1994. The UN itself has withdrawn support for this mission over the status of some senior officers of FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) who they wanted removed due to their suspected War Crimes.
Also Burundi is preparing for their Elections in May of this year. Tensions within the country are high as well with reports this week of the removal of the Nation's Intelligence Chief just 90 days after being appointed to the job. Also a prominent Radio Personality who supported the opposition was released from jail as well. This runup is proving to be very interesting.
There is speculation that Mr. Feingold is considering a return to the US Senate. During the time he served in that body African concerns were one of his major concerns while he served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Could he feel that returning to Capitol Hill may actually increase his influence while addressing African Concerns and Issues?
There are two elections coming up on the Electoral Calendar. First of all one Feb 28th the small landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho goes to the polls to elect a new Parliament. Then days after that the West African Nation of Togo itself holds a poll to determine who will be its President.
There is also word that the US is scaling back its deployments to Liberia to deal with the horrific Ebola Outbreak as well. Troops are being recalled as well as Helicopters. Now there is a gradual closing of the Labs and Hospitals that were set up as the Health Care Systems of these nations were severally overtaxed.