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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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16 Soldiers killed militant attack in Niger

– – At least 16 soldiers have been killed in a militant attack in the western Tahoua Region in Niger. The area has recorded the death of more than 200 civilians who were killed in an unclaimed attack in March. Reports say the soldiers were ambushed by armed individuals near Agando area in the region. Six more soldiers were injured in the attack and one is still missing. The wounded soldiers were taken to the Tahoua regional hospital and the dead were buried in the presence of regional authorities and defence and…

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Soldiers storm Ghana’s parliament amid chaos over election of speaker

– – Soldiers stormed Ghana’s Parliament on Thursday morning during the process towards electing a new speaker for the lawmaking chamber. The military officers had gone into the chamber to try and restore calm following chaos that characterized the voting process. Elected MPs from the two leading political parties in the country, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party had disagreements over the voting procedure. Inauguration of 8th parliament: Military and police storm Parliament to restore calm. #7thTo8thParliament pic.twitter.com/cGatpcZgQu — Joy 99.7 FM (@Joy997FM) January 7, 2021 While…

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EndSARS protests: At least 49 people killed across Nigeria

– – At least 49 people have been reported dead on Tuesday when ongoing protests against police brutalities in Nigeria turned bloody. The #EndSARS protests across Nigeria worsened on Tuesday with 43 protesters and six policemen losing their lives, local media reported. Protesters have been calling for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police. The decision to replace that unit with another one called the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) to carry out the duties handled by the Sars hasn’t been received well. Peaceful demonstrations across…

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[Video]: Nigerian soldiers shoot at unarmed #EndSARS protesters

– – Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday reportedly opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos State. Local media reported that there have been deaths and several protesters sustaining injuries during the shootout. The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had declared a 24-hour curfew following alleged violence that greeted the #EndSARS protest in the state. Some of the protesters however claimed that the timing was short and refused to vacate the protest ground. Some protesters told journalists that they were sitting on the floor when soldiers began to…

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Guinea: Tension high as army commander is killed ahead of poll

– – The killing of a senior army officer in Guinea, Col Mamady Condé has heightened tension in the West African nation ahead of presidential election on Sunday. Col. Condé’s death is coming just two days before the crucial presidential election which is already characterized by protests. Local media reported that Armed men shot Col Condé dead on Friday at a military camp in Kindia, 130km (80 miles) north-east of the capital, Conakry. According to reports there was an attempted mutiny with soldiers seizing weapons to free some of their…

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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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Ecowas lifts sanctions imposed on Mali

– – The West African regional group, Ecowas has announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on Mali after soldiers toppled the government of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Ecowas immediately imposed the sanctions on Mali in August when the coup was carried out by soldiers, a move that was meant to return Mali to a civilian rule. The sanctions on Mali included border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Mediation efforts were rolled out urging the soldiers to handover…

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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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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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