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Mali: ECOWAS condemns extended military governance

– – The West African regional bloc Ecowas has condemned the decision of the military government in Mali to extend the transition to civilian government by two years while negotiations continue. Mali’s junta leader, Colonel Assimi Goïta, on Monday signed a decree fixing the length of the transition period to 24 months. He signed a decree read out on state… Read More
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Mali pulls out of West African military force

– – The military government of Mali has withdrawn from a multinational military force fighting Islamist militants in the West Africa’s Sahel region. The West African state is protesting against its rejection as head of the G5 regional group that also includes Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger. A statement by Mali’s junta, which ousted former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta… Read More
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British Airways flight enroute to Ghana stopped from using Malian airspace

– – An Accra-bound British Airways flight was prevented from using the Malian airspace on Friday. The Military rulers in the West African state reportedly refused to allow the British Airways flight BA081, to pass through the Malian airspace. The flight carrying about 200 passengers was forced to return to London. According to a passenger, an attempt by the flight… Read More
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ECOWAS sets new poll deadlines for Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea

West African coup states – Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea have been given new deadlines to ensure elections take place to return them into civilian rule. Leaders of the regional bloc, ECOWAS on Friday after their summit in Ghana’s capital Accra agreed to give Mali’s military transitional government 12 to 16 months to hold elections. In a statement the heads… Read More
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ECOWAS holds summit on Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali

– – The heads of state in West Africa are holding an extra-ordinary summit on Friday in the Ghanaian capital of Accra. The ECOWAS leaders will be discussing the political situation in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, where soldiers recently seized power. These three countries are already under sanctions after their coup leaders failed to comply with ECOWAS directives to… Read More
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Mali’s coup leaders and Ecowas fail to reach a deal on poll date

– – Mali’s political crisis remains unresolved after the country’s coup leaders and those from the regional bloc, ECOWAS failed to agree on a new poll date. The West African nation has been under harsher sanctions from ECOWAS and the European Union after interim President Assimi Goïta and his team prolonged the transitional period. There were plans for elections this… Read More
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ECOWAS leaders meet over resurgence of coups in the region

– – Ecowas leaders meeting in Ghana’s capital Accra for an extra-ordinary summit have expressed concerned about the resurgence of coups in the region. They fear the worrying trend could devastate the entire region if not tackled quickly as they discuss a way out in Thursday’s meeting. Last week soldiers seized power in Burkina Faso, ousting president Roch Marc Kabore.… Read More
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Why Mali’s ruling junta and France are engaged in a row

– – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian last week said Mali’s junta was “illegitimate” and “out of control”. That follows recent sanctions imposed on Mali by West African regional bloc, ECOWAS to force the soldiers to return the country to constitutional rule. But Mali believes there are external forces manipulating the actions of ECOWAS and distaste France’s posturing. A… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More