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ECOWAS leaders impose harsher sanctions on Mali

– – ECOWAS leaders have imposed harsher sanctions on Mali after their meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra. The new sanctions include the withdrawal of all ECOWAS ambassadors in Mali and closure of land and air borders between Ecowas countries and Mali. Other sanctions include the suspension of all commercial and financial transactions between ECOWAS member states and Mali, with exception of essential consumer goods, pharmaceutical products , medical supplies and equipment including materials for the control of Covid-19, petroleum products and electricity. The ECOWAS leaders have also decided to freeze…

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ECOWAS leaders meet in Accra over political situation in Mali

– – ECOWAS leaders are meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra to discuss the political situation in Mali, after the ruling military junta there said it cannot hold elections next month. Mali’s military leaders carried out a coup in August 2020, deposing then president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. A transition team led by the military has been ruling the country since then and was given a deadline of February 2022 to hold fresh elections. But the military junta headed by current President Assimi Goita has now proposed holding elections only in five…

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Mali’s military leaders now want a four-year transition period

– – Mali’s military rulers have revised their earlier request for a five year transition period to four years. In a letter to the chair of ECOWAS, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, the coup leaders have said they can work towards elections within four years. Mali’s military leaders carried out a coup in August 2020, deposing then president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. A transition team led by the military has been ruling the country since then and was given a deadline of February 2022 to hold fresh elections. But the military junta…

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Covid: French President cancels trip to Mali over new wave

– – President of France, Emmanuel Macron has cancelled his trip to Mali from December 20 to 21. He was expected in the West African nation to visit French troops who are withdrawing from the country. But Macron’s office said the trip has been canceled due to France’s deteriorating health situation over the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. “This decision was taken in order for there to be coherence between national measures and the president’s international agenda, and in order not to expose troops,” Macron’s office said in a…

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ECOWAS sanctions Mali coup leaders and their families

– – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Sunday announced new sanctions on Mali’s coup leaders. At the end of their extra ordinary meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the ECOWAS leaders resolved to impose travel ban and financial asset freeze against the entire members of the Transition Authorities and the other transition institutions. These sanctions will also be imposed on the members of their families, according to a communique issued on Sunday. “The sanctions include a travel ban and a freeze on their financial assets. It further…

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How Mali’s military leader escaped unharmed in knife attack

– – Helped by his military instinct, the interim Mali President Assimi Goita escaped an attempt on his life this week in the capital Bamako. On Tuesday during Muslim prayers at a mosque, the special forces colonel who was sworn in as interim president was approached by some assailants trying to stab him in the neck. Security agents however overpowered the assailants shielding Goita who led two separate coups from any harm. Mali’s Prime Minister Choguel Maiga, who was sitting near Goita at the time of the attack, explained on…

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France to close all military bases in Mali by 2022

– – The French government has announced that by 2022 it will close all of its military bases in Mali. On Friday French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement, indicating that the process to close its bases in northern Mali will start by the end of this year. This is part of a bigger plan by France to finally withdraw troops fighting Islamist extremists in the Sahel region. France operates military bases in Kidal, Tessalit et Tombouctou, helping to fight militants wrecking havoc in those places. “The shutdowns of these…

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Mali’s interim president Goita commits to credible transition

– – On Monday Mali’s coup leader Colonel Assimi Goita was sworn in as the transitional president – that’s an elevation from previous vice president role. Goita carried out a second coup last month leading to the resignation of the previous interim president and prime minister who were accused of working against the transitional road map. The new interim president on Monday assured that he was committed to the road map towards a peaceful and credible transition. Goita guaranteed that elections will take place next year to return Mali to…

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Malians hold rally in support of coup leader Assimi Goita

– – Mali’s coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita is gradually attracting significant support from citizens despite international pressure to a switch to civilian rule. On Friday, several hundred supporters of Mali’s M5 opposition movement gathered at a central square in the capital Bamako to rally behind the military leader. It was also the commemoration of the launch of the mass protests last year that ousted ex-president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on August 18, 2020. Colonel Assimi Goita last month carried out second coup in just nine months and this time round…

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African Union suspends Mali over political crisis

– – The African Union is the latest organization to announce that it has suspened Mali following last week’s military coup. That was the second time in nine months soldiers had taken up arms to control the government. Last year the soldiers toppled the government led by ex-President Keita. A transitional process was in place after an interim President and prime minister were appointed. But that transitional administration has also been overthrown by the soldiers who were unhappy with a reshuffle carried out within the transitional government. The coup leader,…

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