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Former Mali colonel Ndaw named interim president, junta leader VP

* Former defence minister to become president * Junta leader says he will be vice president * Regional leaders seek civilian rule (Adds quote by protest leader, ECOWAS visit) BAMAKO – Former Mali defence minister and retired colonel Bah Ndaw was named interim president on Monday while the leader of the junta that seized power last month, Colonel Assimi Goita, ...

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Mali’s M5-RFP coalition rejects junta’s post-coup charter

BAMAKO – The M5-RFP coalition in Mali that led anti-government protests before last month’s coup has rejected a political charter pushed through by the ruling junta on Saturday, M5-RFP said. After three days of negotiations with political leaders and civil society groups, the junta’s roadmap was meant to chart an agreed transition for Mali after the Aug. 18 coup that ...

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Mali’s M5-RFP coalition rejects junta’s post-coup charter

BAMAKO – The M5-RFP coalition in Mali that led anti-government protests before last month’s coup has rejected a political charter pushed through by the ruling junta on Saturday, M5-RFP said. After three days of negotiations with political leaders and civil society groups, the junta’s roadmap was meant to chart an agreed transition for Mali after the Aug. 18 coup that ...

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Mali negotiators back charter that could see soldier as interim president

BAMAKO – Mali’s ruling junta pushed through a political charter on Saturday that could lead to the appointment of a soldier as interim president despite objections from the coalition that led anti-government protests before last month’s coup. Approval for the roadmap, meant to chart the country’s course after the Aug. 18 coup that toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, came after ...

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Police and protesters clash as Mali starts post-coup transition talks

The first day of consultations over Mali’s political future kicked off with police firing tear gas to disperse supporters of an alliance of political parties, a sign of a deepening rift over who should lead the post-coup transitional government. We want a civilian as president of the transition, not a soldier,” said Bakary Keita, a senior member of M5-RFP. The ...

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Police and protesters clash as Mali starts post-coup transition talks

BAMAKO – Police fired tear gas to disperse campaigners for civilian rule before substantive talks over Mali’s political future began on Thursday, a sign of a deepening rift over who should lead the post-coup transitional government. About 100 supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led months of mass demonstrations against deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, clashed with police at the ...

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Masses cheer as protests force out government in Mali

Bamako, Mali After months of agitation and protests — some going on for days, involving  thousands of people and substantial injuries — the Malian Army arrested President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK), Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and the entire cabinet Aug. 18. The June 5 Movement — Rally of Patriotic Forces, known as M5-RFP, which had been a main force leading ...

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Divisions emerge between Mali junta, opposition leaders

Bamako, Tensions mounted on Saturday between Mali”s military junta and the country”s longtime political opposition after the coup leaders failed to invite prominent opposition figures to a planned forum on the country”s political future. The meeting ultimately was cancelled and the junta leadership instead met with imam Mahmoud Dicko, an opposition leader who on Friday urged the junta to speed ...

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Mali junta wants to hold off on elections until 2023

Bamako: The military junta that overthrew Mali”s president wants to put off new elections for three years, an official said Monday, as the international community pressed for an immediate return to civilian rule. The coup leaders want to prepare a new constitution before holding any vote, said an official in the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because they ...

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West African leaders press for Mali president’s release

Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, center, speaks to the media after being welcomed by spokesman for the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) Ismael Wague, center-left, and CNSP Mediator for the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS and former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, center, speaks with ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, right, as they meet ...

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Top West Africa envoys meet in Mali with junta after coup

BAMAKO, MALI — Top West African officials met with the junta leaders and Mali’s deposed president Saturday in the capital trying to negotiate a return to civilian rule after a coup this week. The mediation efforts came a day after thousands of Malians took to the streets of Bamako, the capital, to celebrate the coup that ousted elected President Ibrahim Boubacar ...

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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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