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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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Mali coup leaders appoint new prime minister

– – Mali’s coup leaders have named Choguel Kokalla Maïga as new prime minister after last week’s military takeover. Transitional president Colonel Assimi Goïta who is leader of the coup named the new prime minister after ECOWAS suspended Mali. The African Union also followed suit also suspending Mali from the group until civilian rule is restored to the country. Mali’s new prime minister, Maïga is a leader of the 5 June-Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP) movement. That movement took part in the overthrow of former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta last…

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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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Ecowas leaders meet over political crisis in Mali

– – Ecowas leaders are meeting on Sunday in Ghana’s capital, Accra for an emergency summit to discuss the political crisis in Mali. The military in Mali led by Colonel Assimi Goïta has seized power and declared himself president. This follows the detention and subsequent resignation of the civilian interim president Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane last week. Both men were accused by the military of stalling the transition process in the country after last year’s coup that toppled President Keita. “In choosing between disorder and cohesion 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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Ecowas left dazed by Mali’s political crisis as it looks for resolution

– – Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been left confused following Mali’s current political crisis. The country’s coup leaders on Tuesday announced that they had 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. In a statement read on public television on Tuesday, Col Assimi Goïta said President…

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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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