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ECOWAS suspends Mali over latest coup

– – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali from the regional body over latest coup by the military. ECOWAS leaders have also ordered the military leaders who are currently in charge of the nation to restore the transitional arrangement put in place in August 2020. The hope is that this move will ensure that the troubled West African state returns to a democratic rule by February 2022. ECOWAS heads of state held an emergency extra-ordinary summit in Ghana’s capital Accra on Sunday for deliberations. In…

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Mali coup leaders release president and prime minister

– – Coup leaders in Mali have released the country’s interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane. According to reports they were freed at around 01:00 local time on Thursday after being detained since Monday. The two men had been held at a military camp in the capital, Bamako after soldiers express unhappiness about a governmental reshuffle. The president and prime minister were forced to resign after being stripped of their powers by the military – the second coup in the West African nation in nine months. The…

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Mali’s President detained by soldiers amid fears of another coup

– – There are fears Mali may be witnessing another military coup after soldiers detained the country’s president and prime minister. Soldiers reportedly unhappy with a recently announced transitional government on Monday took the president and prime minister by force to the Kati military camp. The camp is a few kilometres from the capital Bamako as fears grow of a second coup. Defence Minister Souleymane Doucouré has also reportedly been detained. The reported detentions happened hours after the government reshuffle leading to the replacement of two senior army officers who…

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Mali’s coup leaders have seized power again

– – Mali’s coup leaders have announced that they have seized power once more, after relieving interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane of their duties. On Monday the sacked president and prime minister for the transitional government were detained by soldiers. The soldiers reportedly were unhappy with a recently announced transitional government. They took the president and prime minister by force to the Kati military camp, a few kilometres from the capital Bamako. Defence Minister Souleymane Doucouré has also reportedly been detained. – – The detentions happened…

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Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Suu Kyi

– – Myanmar’s military seized power on Monday in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids. The army said it had carried out the detentions in response to “election fraud”, handing power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposing a state of emergency for one year, according to a statement on a military-owned television station. A verified Facebook page for Suu Kyi’s party…

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Mali dissolves military junta which overthrew Keïta’s government

– – Mali’s military junta, the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) which overthrew former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been dissolved. According to a government decree the dissolution comes exactly five months after the junta staged the coup. The decree was signed by the transitional President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane. The junta remained in place even after the transfer of power to an interim civilian government following the 18 August 18 coup. Its dissolution was among demands made by the regional bloc, the…

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Mali: Detained former Prime Minister released

– – 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 been…

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Mali: Former diplomat Moctar Ouane named prime minister

– – 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 interim…

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Ecowas says sanctions imposed on Mali will not be lifted

– – 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 the…

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Ecowas signals it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali

– – 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 be…

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