Mali holds state funeral for ex-president Toure

Mali held a state funeral on Tuesday for former president Amadou Toumani Toure, an emblematic figure who steered the troubled nation to free elections and led it for a decade before being ousted in a coup.Toure, sometimes called Mali’s “soldier of democracy,” died on November 10 at the age of 72 after he had been[...]

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Gunmen kill eight in Mali attack

Gunmen have killed eight people in central Mali, a local official and security ministry staffer said Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn Sahel state.Militants attacked a minibus Tuesday, the officials said, which was travelling between the towns of Bandiagara and Bankass in central Mali’s volatile Mopti region, which is prone to frequent[...]

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Gunmen kidnap 20 villagers in Mali

Gunmen seized about 20 people in volatile central Mali, with nine remaining in detention Wednesday after their captors released the other hostages, local and security officials said.The kidnapping occurred on Tuesday during a weekly market in the village of Farabougou, near the central Malian town of Niono, according to Boukary Coulibaly, the village chief.A youngster[...]

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Honour your commitment to ECOWAS, US urges Mali transition govt

The United States has urged the transitional government in Mali to honour its commitments to the Economic Community of West African States.The commitment includes holding a democratic election within 18 months.Spokesperson for the US Department of Transitional, Ms Morgan Ortagus, made the call in a statement made available on the website of the US Department[...]

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Mali frees over 100 jailed jihadists

Mali has freed more than 100 suspected or convicted jihadists as part of negotiations for the release of a prominent Malian politician and a kidnapped French charity worker, sources close to the talks said Monday.“As part of the negotiations to obtain the release of Soumaila Cisse and Sophie Petronin, more than one hundred jihadist prisoners[...]

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Mali: ECOWAS to meet again as Jonathan briefs Buhari

Former President Goodluck Jonathan again on Monday briefed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the political situation in Mali.The meeting with the President and Jonathan, who is the Economic Community of West African States’ special envoy to Mali, was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The Special Adviser to the President on Media and[...]

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Mali transition president Ndaw sworn in

Mali’s interim president, Bah Ndaw, chosen to head a transitional government following a coup last month, was sworn in during ceremonies in the capital Bamako on Friday, AFP journalists witnessed. A committee appointed by the junta which seized power on August 18, toppling president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, selected Ndaw, a 70-year-old retired colonel, as interim[...]

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Coup: ECOWAS may lift Mali sanctions today —Jonathan

Nigeria’s ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, mediating in the Mali crisis for the West Africa bloc ECOWAS, said the organisation would probably decide on Friday whether it would lift economic sanctions against the country.Speaking in Mali’s capital Bamako on Wednesday, Jonathan called the measures imposed on the country by the 15-nation bloc “unfortunate”.West African leaders heaped pressure[...]

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Mali’s interim president to be sworn into office

Mali’s new president will be sworn into office on Friday, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.Bah Ndaw, a former defense minister, was picked by the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held.Col Goita will be his vice-president.The new government is expected to be in office[...]

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Pregnant woman, five others killed in Mali mine blast

Six women, one of whom was pregnant, were killed in a landmine blast in southern Mali on Friday, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn Sahel state.The women were travelling in an ambulance in the southern Sikasso region, which rode over a mine, regional public prosecutor Dramane Diarra said.The ambulance driver was[...]

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Ousted Mali president Keita heads to UAE for treatment

Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, ousted recently in a coup, left hospital on Thursday after being treated for a mini-stroke, sources said.Keita may now head to the United Arab Emirates for further treatment, they added.“Everything is going well. The test results look good,” said a medical source at the private health facility in the[...]

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Ousted Malian president hospitalised after mini-stroke

Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has not been seen in public since his August 18 ouster in a coup, has been hospitalised after suffering a brief stroke-like attack, a doctor said Wednesday.Keita, 75, was admitted to a private clinic in the capital Bamako on Tuesday evening, he said.“According to thorough analysis, the president[...]

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Mali: France asks military to ‘quickly’ transfer power

France on Sunday called on Mali’s military junta to “quickly” organise a transition to civilian rule after this month’s coup, warning that the political crisis would benefit terrorists. The August 18 coup has shocked ally France, which fears instability in Mali could undermine its military campaigns against Islamist militants in West Africa’s Sahel region.“This transition[...]

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Mali suspended from international Francophone community over coup

The international community increased pressure on the military junta that has seized power in Mali, as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) suspended the nation from its membership Tuesday.Its leadership agreed the move at an extraordinary session held via videoconference, while adding that it would maintain any cooperation that would help the civilian population[...]

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ECOWAS calls for restoration of IBK, sanctions against coup plotters

West African leaders under the regional bloc ECOWAS have said they would dispatch envoys to Mali to help secure “the return of constitutional order”. In a video conference on Thursday, they called for the ousted Malian president to be restored to office.“We have decided to immediately send a high-level delegation in order to ensure the[...]

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Buhari attends virtual ECOWAS session on Mali crisis

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is currently participating in a virtual Extraordinary Session of the Economic Community of West Africa States, ECOWAS, Authority of Heads of State and Government on the socio-political crisis in Mali.The session, which is being held through video conference, was convened following the recent mutiny by the nation’s military on Tuesday.Also participating at[...]

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ECOWAS suspends Mali from its decision-making bodies, shuts down land, air borders

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali from all its decision-making bodies with immediate effect.A statement by the community’s Directorate of Communications on Wednesday, indicated that the suspension is in line with the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and will remain in place until effective constitutional order is reinstated[...]

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Mali president resigns after military coup

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation on live television in the early hours of Wednesday morning following a military coup.“I’ve decided to leave my post,” he said, clad in traditional clothing and a medical mask to protect against the coronavirus.The president and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested by the military after a[...]

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Mali crisis: Buhari receives briefing from ECOWAS Special Envoy, Jonathan

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday received his predecessor in office, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, at State House, Abuja.Dr Jonathan, who is ECOWAS Special Envoy to the Republic of Mali, briefed the President on the political situation in the West African country, as a corollary to efforts by West African leaders to restore stability to the country.Recall that[...]

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UN plane crash-lands in Mali, injures 11

A United Nations plane careened off the runway while touching down in the northern Malian city of Gao on Monday, the international organisation said, injuring 11 people.In a statement, the UN said that four of its officials and seven crew members were on board the plane which took off from the capital Bamako early on[...]

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