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Ecowas leaders happy with Mali’s transition progress

– Advertisement – Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have expressed happiness about the transition progress in Mali. Ecowas this month announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on Mali after soldiers toppled the government of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The sanctions on Mali included border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Mediation efforts were rolled out urging the soldiers to handover to a civilian led transitional government. Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major…

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Mali: Detained former Prime Minister released

– Advertisement – The interim government of Mali has said that the country’s former prime minister, Boubou Cissé who was detained following August’s coup has now been released. Authorities have also announced the release of a dozen political and military figures arrested during the coup. A statement from the transitional government said the former detainees would remain available for any courts hearings if needed. The coup in August carried out by soldiers plunged Mali into a political crisis, forcing regional bloc Ecowas to impose sanctions. A transitional government has now…

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Mali: French aid worker, veteran politician freed by Jihadists

– Advertisement – Jihadists in Mali have freed a French aid worker, Sophie Pétronin who has been held hostage since 2016. Sophie Pétronin’s family have confirmed her release, and said the 75 year old aid worker – was on her way to the capital, Bamako. Ms Pétronin was abducted by al-Qaeda- linked gunmen in the northern city of Gao where she had been running a charity on December 24, 2016. The veteran opposition and former presidential candidate Soumaïla Cissé, 70, who was also abducted by the militants has also been released,…

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Ecowas lifts sanctions imposed on Mali

– Advertisement – The West African regional group, Ecowas has announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on Mali after soldiers toppled the government of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Ecowas immediately imposed the sanctions on Mali in August when the coup was carried out by soldiers, a move that was meant to return Mali to a civilian rule. The sanctions on Mali included border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Mediation efforts were rolled out urging the soldiers to…

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Malian officials free hundreds of jailed jihadists

– Advertisement – Officials in Mali have freed more than 100 jihadists jailed for carrying out violent acts. The prisoners were released in the central region of Niono and in Tessalit in the north. They arrived by plane, according to officials. An unnamed lawmaker in Tessalit, told the AFP that “large numbers of jihadist prisoners” arrived on Sunday. The release according to media reporting is part of negotiations to secure the release of a prominent Malian politician and a kidnapped French charity worker. A source was quoted by AFP as…

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Lifting sanctions on Mali may take longer than expected

– Advertisement – On Sunday Mali’s transitional government leader, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou named a new civilian prime minister. N’Daou appointed former foreign affairs minister of the country Moctar Ouane to the new role. Ecowas had said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country had an interim president. It however indicated that sanctions could be lifted when a civilian prime minister is appointed. Despite meeting that condition, it appears Ecowas isn’t willing to lift sanctions on Mali immediately. – Advertisement – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Mali: Former diplomat Moctar Ouane named prime minister

– Advertisement – Mali’s transitional government leader, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou on Sunday named a new civilian prime minister. N’Daou appointed former foreign affairs minister of the country Moctar Ouane to the new role. Before serving in the role as Mali’s foreign minister between 2004 and 2011, he was Mali’s permanent representative to the UN from 1995 to 2002. Ouane also served as a diplomatic adviser to the west African regional bloc, Ecowas. Ecowas had said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country had an…

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Ecowas says sanctions imposed on Mali will not be lifted

– Advertisement – West African regional bloc Ecowas has said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country now has an interim president. Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou was sworn into office on Friday at a ceremony in the capital, Bamako. Ba N’Daou was named interim leader by the soldiers who toppled the government of former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. The new leader is now expected to oversee the 18-month transition period towards a return to civilian rule. The Head of the National Committee for…

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Mali: Ba N’Daou sworn in as interim president

Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou has been sworn into office at a ceremony in the capital, Bamako. Ba N’Daou was named interim leader by the soldiers who toppled the government of former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. The new leader is now expected to oversee the 18-month transition period towards a return to civilian rule. The Head of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, Colonel Assimi Goïta was also sworn in as transitional vice-president. The interim president is a Soviet-trained helicopter pilot who worked…

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Ecowas signals it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali

– Advertisement – The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS has hinted it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali following last month’s coup. The current sanctions imposed on Mali include border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Ecowas leaders had asked the Military leaders to appoint a civilian to head the transitional government for 18 months. On Monday Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou was named as interim president by the military junta. Ba N’Daou will…

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