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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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French soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Mali

Thirteen French soldiers have been reportedly killed in a helicopter crash in Mali, according to the French presidency. The soldiers were conducting an operation against jihadists in Mali when their helicopter crashed. The French president’s office said in a statement that the accident happened on Monday evening. French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed his “deep sadness” over the incident. The French president’s office did not also disclose how the crash occurred. 13 French soldiers killed in Mali on Monday evening, on a combat mission to fight jihadists. The 2 helicopters…

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Mali: 53 soldiers, one civilian killed in militant attack

At least 53 soldiers and one civilian were killed in Mali during an attack on an army post in the northern part of the country. Mali’s government said in a statement that the attack was one of the deadliest to take place in the country against its military in recent times. The attack was reported in Indelimane, Menaka region, on Friday although the army at the time gave a lower death toll. Government spokesman Yaya Sangare told Reuters on Saturday that “Heavily armed unidentified men attacked around noon. The attack…

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Mali: U.N. peacekeeper killed, five wounded in two attacks

The U.N. mission (MINUSMA) has said that a U.N. peacekeeper was killed on Sunday at a mine site in Mali. Four others were also wounded when their vehicle hit an explosive device in northern Mali. The troops were patrolling near the village of Aguelhok when the blast occurred. U.N. mission spokesman Olivier Salgado said in a tweet that on Sunday, peacekeepers in Mali’s central region of Mopti also exchanged fire with members of an unidentified armed group. One peacekeeper was also wounded in that incident. “MINUSMA chief (Mahamat Saleh) Annadif strongly…

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25 Malian soldiers killed in deadly jihadist attacks

Mali’s government has said that twenty-five of it’s soldiers have been killed in Monday’s deadly attacks carried out by jihadists in central part of the country. 60 more people are reportedly missing following the attack carried out on two army camps. In a statement the government said the death toll is among the highest suffered by Malian forces this year. Mali is still struggling to contain militant groups with links to al Qaeda or Islamic State constantly carrying out attacks across the Sahel. The government statement said “Among the ranks…

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Terrorists attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, 170 taken hostage

MaliBy Tiemoko Diallo

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Islamist gunmen stormed a luxury hotel packed with foreigners in Mali’s capital Bamako on Friday, taking 170 hostages in a former French colony that has been battling rebels allied with al Qaeda for several years.

A senior security source said some of the hostages had been freed after being made to recite verses from the Koran. The French newspaper Le Monde quoted the Malian security ministry as saying at least three hostages had been killed.

The raid on the Radisson Blu hotel, which lies just west of the city center near government ministries and diplomatic offices in the former French colony, comes a week after Islamic State militants killed 129 people in Paris.

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