West Africa

Pit-holes to avoid in 2020 marginal field bid round

As  the Federal Government prepares  to reflate the Nigerian economy badly battered by the coronavirus pandemic with the flag-off and release of guidelines for the 2020 marginal oil field bid round, key industry stakeholders have expressed  concern about the timing of the programme. Although the last exercise took place in 2003, there is growing anxiety at the moment that the best ...

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Mali’s opposition rejects West African leaders’ plan to…

BAMAKO, July 28 – Mali’s opposition coalition on Tuesday formally rejected a plan proposed by West African leaders for ending a political crisis, raising the prospect of more mass anti-government demonstrations in the coming weeks. Tens of thousands of people answered opposition calls for protests in early June over contested local elections, perceived government corruption and incompetence. Police killings of ...

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Soldiers killed in twin attacks in central Mali, political crisis continues

Malian army soldiers patrol the area next to the river of Djenne in central Mali on February 28, 2020.  Mali’s army suffered new losses in twin attacks Sunday that left at least five soldiers dead as the Sahel country was mired in a political crisis sparking international concern. Five soldiers were killed and five were wounded in an ambush on ...

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Mali protests to resume if opposition demands are rejected

The Malian M5-RFP opposition coalition will today continue its protests, which have transpired since June 5 despite calls from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to end the political crisis. Led by the popular imam Mahmoud Dicko, the protests were ignited in response to contested local elections, ongoing corruption and extreme poverty. ECOWAS has called for the votes ...

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Malian PM Boubou Cisse says he will not resign

Mali’s prime minister, Boubou Cisse, told DW that “no one is expected to achieve the impossible” in finding a solution to form a unity government for the crisis-rocked country. His resignation isn’t on the agenda. Mali’s Prime Minister Boubou Cisse has told DW in an exclusive interview that his resignation “is not on the agenda.” The opposition alliance M5-RFP is calling for ...

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Muslim leader says Mali crisis can be solved without Keita exit

Mahmoud Dicko, the driving force behind anti-gov’t protests, says ‘solution’ could be found without president quitting. Mahmoud Dicko’s speaches denouncing Keita’s governance have electrified protesters  Mahmoud Dicko, the influential Muslim leader seen as the driving force behind Mali’s protest movement, has said the country’s political crisis could be resolved without the president stepping down, offering a more moderate solution than ...

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Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS national unity proposal

The Malian opposition continued to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Tuesday, rejecting a national unity plan and related measures proposed following an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit meeting on Mali.The Mouvement du 5 Juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques, led by Mahmoud Dicko, said in a statement that M5-RFP “demands more than ever” ...

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Mali PM urges unity govt after opposition rejects compromise

Imam Mahmoud Dicko has previously rejected the idea of a unity government The protest movement is headed by Imam Mahmoud Dicko, seen here speaking to a rally in Bamako’s Independance Square on June 19 Mali Bamako (AFP) – Mali’s Prime Minister tried to break the country’s political deadlock Tuesday, visiting the home of a key opposition figure and inviting him ...

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Mali opposition rejects West Africa bloc’s compromise plan

So-called M5-RFP coalition, for the third time, rejects ECOWAS plan intended to defuse weeks-long political crisis, raising spectre of new unrest and concerns that poor Sahel country may slide into chaos. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and the Imam Mahmoud Dicko, influential leader of the opposition coalition, greet each other after a meeting in capital Bamako on July 23, 2020. ...

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Conference Center contract extended

USA NIAGARA: Board determines pandemic has dampened demand for facility. Andrea Todaro prepares for a job fair at the Conference Center Niagara Falls in this 2011 photo. The novel coronavirus pandemic will lead to the extension of a contract to manage the Conference Center Niagara Falls. The board of USA Niagara agreed Monday to extend the contract of Global Spectrum to ...

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West Africa proposes plan to resolve Mali crisis; opposition unimpressed

BAMAKO – West Africa’s regional body on Monday proposed a four-point plan to resolve Mali’s political crisis that it says should be implemented within 10 days, and recommended sanctions against anyone standing in the way. The proposals by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are similar to those previously made by ECOWAS missions to Mali since the crisis ...

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West African leaders to hold summit on Mali

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will meet today in a virtual extraordinary summit to discuss the deepening political crisis facing Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. In Mali, which has been afflicted by armed conflict and insurgency since 2012, the recent standoff between Keïta’s government forces and protesters led by Mahmoud Dicko’s June 5 Movement – Rally of ...

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ECOWAS Leaders To Hold Summit On Monday After Failure Of Malian Mediation Mission

ECOWAS leaders to hold summit on Monday after failure of Malian Mediation Mission Bamako [Mali] : Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nations will hold an emergency summit on Monday because of the failure of the mediation efforts in Mali, media reported.For weeks, Mali has been facing massive protests with the opposition June 5 Movement – ...

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Five African leaders in Mali to resolve political crisis

Recent unrest has pushed Mali to the brink MICHELE CATTANI AFP Five African leaders are set to make a fresh bid to end Mali’s political crisis on Thursday, following weeks of sometimes deadly protests demanding the embattled president’s resignation. In a rare joint visit, the presidents of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Niger will meet Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita ...

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West African leaders seek end to Mali political crisis

BAMAKO – Presidents from five West African countries arrive in Mali on Thursday to try to negotiate an end to a political crisis that has rocked the country and raised fears it could undermine a regional fight against Islamist militants. Infuriated by corruption, disputed local election results and army losses to jihadists, tens of thousands of people have taken to ...

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Unchecked escalation: Why Mali is in turmoil

Mali’s politics is undergoing radical change, partly due to years of discontent with its entire political and economic elite. Mali’s ongoing political crisis came to a head on 10-12 July, as the country’s security forces – possibly including an elite anti-terrorist unit – killed at least 11 people. Figures within the opposition claim that there were twice as many casualties. The security forces ...

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West African presidents to head to Mali to help solve crisis

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania June 30, 2020. ABIDJAN – A delegation of at least three West African leaders will head to Mali this week to try to end a political crisis that has sparked widespread protests, cost at least 11 lives and led to calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to ...

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Malians have been protesting for weeks. Here’s what you need to know.

Political protests in Mali escalated last week after government security forces arrested several leaders of the M5-RFP group, a coalition of religious, civil society and opposition leaders. Security forces shot live rounds at protesters, killing several and stoking angry crowds. A government crackdown led to at least 11 protesters killed. Nearly 30 years and three democratically elected presidents after Mali’s ...

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West African presidents to head to Mali to help solve crisis

ABIDJAN – A delegation of at least three West African leaders will head to Mali this week to try to end a political crisis that has sparked widespread protests, cost at least 11 lives and led to calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down. A regional mission of West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc last week failed to appease an ...

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Muslim cleric positioning himself amid deepening political crisis in Mali

Anti-government protesters demonstrate in the capital Bamako, Mali Friday, July 10 MUSLIM cleric Mahmoud Dicko is positioning himself to become Mali’s moral and religious authority, according to analysts, as he leads anti-government protests seeking the resignation of President Boubacar Keita. The Salafist cleric, who has railed against homosexuality, alcohol and women’s rights, has led thousands of disgruntled Malians demanding change ...

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