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Sanctions: US supports ECOWAS’s action on Mali
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Sanctions: US supports ECOWAS’s action on Mali

The United States (US) has commended the strong actions taken by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in defense of democracy and stability in Mali following its Extraordinary Summit on January 9, 2022. "We share ECOWAS’s deep disappointment with the transition government of Mali’s lack of action or progress toward organizing elections, as it committed to do following the August 2020 coup d’état. "We support ECOWAS’s decision to impose additional economic and financial sanctions to urge the transition government to keep its pledge to the Malian people to return their country to democracy. "We also echo ECOWAS’s concern over the likely destabilizing impact of Russia-backed Wagner group forces in Mali. As noted in the Department’s statement of December 15, 2021, t...
Nigeria attractive to bandits from Chad, Mali – Gov Masari
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Nigeria attractive to bandits from Chad, Mali – Gov Masari

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, said on Wednesday security situation in Nigeria has improved since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 2015. Masari, who stated this when he featured in a Channels TV programme, Politics Today, also slammed the critics of Buhari’s administration. He said the critics don’t see anything good in the government despite the progress recorded in the area of security since 2015. The governor, however, stressed that Nigeria has become an attractive destination for bandits and other criminals from Mali, Chad, Eritrea and other countries in the Sahelian region of Africa. Masari said: “Look at 2015 for instance, you cannot go to the church, you cannot go to the mosque. If I travel from Kaduna to Abuja, it will take five hours and three of...
Ethnic groups in central Mali sign peace deal to end years of violence between herders, farmers
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Ethnic groups in central Mali sign peace deal to end years of violence between herders, farmers

Three “peace agreements” have been signed by representatives from herder and farmer communities that have become trapped in violence sparked by armed group attacks in central Mali, a Swiss mediator said. The accords bring together the Fulani – also called Peul – who mainly comprise semi-nomadic herders, and the Dogon, who are chiefly sedentary farmers. The two groups have historic tensions over access to land and water, but the friction turned bloody after armed fighters pushed into their region more than five years ago. “On 12, 22 and 24 January 2021, the Fulani and Dogon communities signed three peace agreements with humanitarian objectives,” the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), a Swiss organisation, said on Tuesday. They apply to Koro, a county-sized area borderin...
JUST IN: Militants injure 6 soldiers in fresh attack
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JUST IN: Militants injure 6 soldiers in fresh attack

Six French soldiers were injured during an operation against Islamist militants in Mali in West Africa, French media reported on Saturday, citing the Defence Ministry. The attackers struck on Friday morning in the central region around Gourma, apparently driving a vehicle up to a military convoy before setting off an explosive. The injured soldiers were taken to a military hospital in Gao, and three of them were flown to France for further treatment. According to broadcaster Francinfo, none were in life-threatening condition. It was the third serious attack on French soldiers since the end of December, when five French soldiers were killed in a week. As Mali’s former colonial power, France has deployed thousands of soldiers against Islamists in West Africa, including so...
Court sentences Malian jihadist leader, Kéita, others to death
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Court sentences Malian jihadist leader, Kéita, others to death

The Bamako Court of Assizes on Friday sentenced Malian jihadist leader, Souleymane Keita and two other men to death for terrorism. The court charged Keita, the head of an al-Qaeda offshoot named Khaled Ibn al-Walid, for attacks carried out in Mali’s south, near the border with the Ivory Coast. A judicial source told journalists on Sunday that a dozen men were also sentenced to death in absentia. They were accused of preaching jihad in southern Mali and on the border between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. During the trial, Keita, who is the leader of the Katiba of Ansar Dine du Sud, acknowledged the facts and expressed no regret for his actions. He said: “I do not regret anything because our fight is against the secularism of the Malian state. If I have the possibility,...
ECOWAS lifts post-coup sanctions against Mali
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ECOWAS lifts post-coup sanctions against Mali

West Africa bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted post-coup sanctions against Mali. The 15-nation-member of ECOWAS slapped sanctions on Mali after the August 18 military coup, which toppled president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The sanctions “will be lifted when a civilian prime minister is named,” ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou had earlier stated.Mali’s junta on Thursday (last week) removed a major obstacle to the lifting of ECOWAS sanctions.It took out a major prerogative devolved to their transition leader who is supposed to bring civilians back to power in the country.(More details later)[AFP]
Honour your commitment to ECOWAS, US urges Mali transition govt
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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 of State . Ortagus said that the US viewed the Republic of Mali ’s establishment of a transitional government “as an initial step towards a return to constitutional order”. “It will be important for the transitional government to fulfil its pledges to the Malian people . “To strengthen governance , combat corruption , reform electoral processes and implement the 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Ma...
Mali interim president names civilian Prime Minister
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Mali interim president names civilian Prime Minister

Mali’s Interim President Bah N’Daou has named a new civilian prime minister, the state television announced on Sunday. The new prime minister appointed by N’Daou is former diplomat, Moctar Ouane who served as Mali’s foreign minister between 2004 and 2011. He was also Mali’s permanent representative to the UN from 1995 to 2002 and later became a diplomatic adviser to the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS. His appointment according to reports could see the lifting of sanctions imposed by ECOWAS after last month’s coup which witnessed the ousting of President Boubacar Keïta. ECOWAS officials had on Friday said they would only lift the embargo after a civilian prime minister was also appointed.
Mali’s new interim leader stands by handover, international accords
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Mali’s new interim leader stands by handover, international accords

Mali’s interim president, Bah Ndaw, was sworn into office on Friday after last month’s putsch, vowing to hand over power within 18 months, honour international accords and pursue the fight against jihadist insurgents. But his promises failed to shift post-coup sanctions by Mali’s neighbours, which warned their clamp would remain in place until a civilian prime minister is named. Ndaw, a 70-year-old retired colonel, was named interim president by a committee appointed by a military junta that toppled the elected head of state, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on August 18. Junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita, 37, was also sworn in as vice president of the interim government on Friday. The ceremony took place in a Bamako conference centre filled with facemask-wearing military officials...
MALI: Opposition Rejects Transition Deal Proposed By Military Leaders
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MALI: Opposition Rejects Transition Deal Proposed By Military Leaders

The 18-month transition government proposed by the head of Mali’s military junta, Col. Assimi Goita, on Saturday has been rejected by opposition which described the deal as a ‘power grab’. The M5-RFP opposition group, which took part in the negotiations, said on Sunday the resulting document was an attempt by military leaders to “grab and confiscate power”. It also said the document did not take into account what it said was a majority vote for a civilian interim leader, and “did not reflect the views and decisions of the Malian people”. The opposition also said the document did not take into account what it said was a majority vote for a civilian interim leader, and “did not reflect the views and decisions of the Malian people”. Col. Assimi Goita had earlier agreed to est...
Pregnant Woman, Five Others Killed In Mali Mine Blast
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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 the sole survivor of the explosion, but was “seriously wounded ”. A local elected official , who declined to be named , told AFP that the driver had been taken to hospital. Photos of the destroyed ambulance – which AFP was unable to independently verify – circulated on social media on Friday . Violence in the southern region where the blast occurred , near the border with Burkina Faso , has steadily increased in recent years . ...
MALI: Coup Makers Launch New Round Of Transition Talks With Actors
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MALI: Coup Makers Launch New Round Of Transition Talks With Actors

The major players of Mali’s military rulers have launched a three-day “national consultation” with political parties, unions and members of civil society groups, facing questions at home and pressure from abroad over their plans for returning the country to civilian rule. About 500 people were expected to attend Thursday’s forum taking place at a conference centre in the capital, Bamako. At stake is how the military government intends to make good on its promise, made just hours after the August 18 coup, to restore civilian governance and stage elections within a “reasonable” timeframe. This came after Mali’s coup plotter were given until 15 September to appoint a civilian leader to lead the country’s transition. Leaders from the West African bloc, ECOWAS, on Monday said t...
MALI: Ousted President IBK Hospitalized After Recent Release From Detention
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MALI: Ousted President IBK Hospitalized After Recent Release From Detention

Mali’s ousted leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been hospitalized. President Keita was checked in late Tuesday at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old’s health after being detained for 10 days by the junta now in power. He was ultimately released late last week and taken home where he has remained under military surveillance. But concerns had mounted on the former leaders state of health during his time in military custody in the barracks at Kati outside the capital Bamako. A family sourced had indicated he had been unable to his personal doctor then. Following his resignation on the evening of August 18, the international community decried his ouster, and arrest by the military while regional bloc ECOWAS called for his reinstatement. Keita however is...
Mali Soldiers Want 3-year Stay In Power
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Mali Soldiers Want 3-year Stay In Power

The junta that seized power in Mali wants a military-led transitional body to rule for three years and has agreed to release the ousted President, a source in a visiting West African delegation and the rebel soldiers, has said.Last week’s coup, Mali’s second in eight years, followed months of protests calling for Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign as public discontent with the government grew over the collapsing economy and a brutal Islamist insurgency.“The junta has affirmed that it wants a three-year transition to review the foundations of the Malian state. This transition will be directed by a body led by a soldier, who will also be head of state,” a source in the ECOWAS delegation told AFP after talks with the junta. “The government will also be predominantly composed of soldiers...
Mali Crisis: US Takes Action Against Mali’s Military
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Mali Crisis: US Takes Action Against Mali’s Military

The United States has taken a decisive action against the Military in Mali, regarding the military coup in the West African nation that led to the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other top government officials. The US has has announced the suspension of military aid to the country. The DAILY VENDOR recalls that a group of rebel soldiers had seized power and placed President Keita and his Prime Minister under arrest. US Special envoy for the Sahel, J. Peter Pham, told reporters that henceforth “no further training or support of the Mali armed forces, we have halted everything until we can clarify the situation.” He further said: “right now it was not yet clear which forces are involved in the coup; who is involved specifically, where loyalties lie.” The rebel...
Mali Coup: Rebel Soldiers Pledge Fresh Elections
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Mali Coup: Rebel Soldiers Pledge Fresh Elections

Mali ’s president said Wednesday he had resigned to avoid “bloodshed ” after he was detained in a military coup , whose leaders pledged new elections to resolve a spiralling political crisis in the fragile West African nation . Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’ s government had been beset by months of protests over economic stagnation , corruption and a brutal Islamist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives . Rebel soldiers took Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse into custody on Tuesday afternoon and drove the pair to a military base on the outskirts of Bamako , which they had seized that morning . Jubilant crowds were already gathered in the capital to demand Keita’ s resignation , and cheered the rebels as they made their way to the 75 - year -old ’s official residence. ...
Mali Crisis: Soldiers Breaks Silence On President’s Resignation, Reveals Plan
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Mali Crisis: Soldiers Breaks Silence On President’s Resignation, Reveals Plan

Soldiers who executed the coup in Mali leading to the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, have defended their decision. The President resigned and dissolved parliament when the soldiers held him at gunpoint. The soldiers, on Wednesday, said Keita’s removal was done to save Mali from further crises. They also disclosed plans to form a civilian transitional government that will organize fresh elections. Col. Ismael Wague, who is the spokesman for the mutineers, in a state broadcast, called his group the “National Committee for the Salvation of the People”. He also called for the collaboration of civil societies and political movements in Mali, to create an environment for a political transition that would lead to elections. “Our country is sinking into chaos, ...
UN States Position On The Civil Unrest In Mali
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UN States Position On The Civil Unrest In Mali

The United Nations (UN), has expressed dismay at the actions of mutiny soldiers in Mali leading to the arrest and detention of Malian President, Prime Minister and other top government officials, also demanding for their immediate and unconditional release. A statement by Guterres’ spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said “The Secretary-General strongly condemns these actions and calls for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law in Mali. “To this end, he demands the immediate and unconditional release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and members of his cabinet.” “Guterres is following the unfolding developments in the capital Bamako “with deep concern." “The secretary-general reiterates his calls for a negotiated solution and peaceful resolution of thei...
Breaking! Mali President Resigns After Military Coup
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Breaking! 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 mutiny on Tuesday, following months of street protests in the volatile West African state, which is also battling an Islamic insurgency. “The president and his prime minister have been arrested. “They are being taken to Kati military camp,” army officer Sidi Gakou told dpa earlier Tuesday. The United Nations, European Union, African Union Commission, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have c...
BREAKING: Coup In Mali President And Prime Minister ‘Arrested’
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BREAKING: Coup In Mali President And Prime Minister ‘Arrested’

Mutineering soldiers in Mali on Tuesday detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, one of their leaders said.“We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” the leader, who requested anonymity, told AFP. He added that the pair had been “arrested” at Keita’s residence in the capital Bamako. Earlier, soldiers launched a mutiny from the nearby garrison town of Kati. Another military official, who also declined to be named, said the president and prime minister were in an armoured vehicle en route to Kati.
Possible Coup Underway In Mali
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Possible Coup Underway In Mali

Shots have been heard at an army base in Kati, just outside the capital, amid an ongoing political crisis in Mali. The situation remains unclear, but news of the gunshots quickly sparked fears of a possible coup attempt.Gunfire was heard at an army base near Mali's capital Bamako on Tuesday, sparking fears of a possible mutiny in the conflict-torn country. According to nearby witnesses, soldiers fired gunshots into the air at a military base in Kati, a town 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Bamako, though it remained unclear who was firing at whom. The Norwegian Embassy gave a clear message to its citizens: "The embassy has been notified of a mutiny in the Armed Forces and troops are on their way to Bamako. Norwegians should exercise caution and preferably stay at home until the situa...
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Jihadist Attack in Mali Leaves Three Soldiers Dead

At least three Mali soldiers were killed and five wounded Sunday in a suspected jihadist attack on an army camp in the far north of the country, the Malian military said. The outpost in Bambara Maoude, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the city of Timbuktu “was the object at about 0500 GMT of a terrorist attack,” the military said on Twitter. “During this attack, we regret to report a provisional toll of three dead, five wounded, together with material damage,” it said. “The wounded were airlifted to Sevare… the outpost remains under the control of the armed forces.” “Three of our men fell Sunday during a jihadist attack in Bambara Maoude,” a military official told AFP from Timbuktu earlier. A local official confirmed the toll of three soldiers dead and said two more...
Jihadists Attack Military Camp in Mali, Kill 19 Soldiers
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Jihadists Attack Military Camp in Mali, Kill 19 Soldiers

Nineteen members of the security forces died and five were wounded on Sunday in a major assault by suspected jihadists at a military camp in central Mali, the army said. "The provisional toll is 19 dead, five wounded," Malian Armed Forces said on Twitter. A local lawmaker said all those killed at Sokolo military camp were gendarmes or paramilitary police officers. "The terrorists arrived on motorcycles," said the official, who asked not to be named for security reasons. Sokolo resident Baba Gakou told AFP: "There were more than 100 attackers. "They arrived at five in the morning. They cut off any withdrawal by the gendarmes. "The firing stopped at seven am," he said, adding that the assailants left with all the weapons and vehicles at the camp. "They picked up ...