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Mali: Calls to boycott National Transitional Council grow louder

Former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw, right, is sworn into the office of transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, left, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup, is sworn into the office of transitional vice president, at a ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali’s political class and civil society ...

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Mali’s interim premier announces 25-member Cabinet

Members of military junta that seized power in August get key posts ANKARA The Malian prime minister has announced a 25-member Cabinet, with members of the military junta that seized power in August getting key posts, state broadcaster ORTM reported late Monday. Interim president Bah Ndaw appointed former foreign minster Moctar Ouane, 64, as premier late last month, following pressure ...

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Civilian-Military Standoff Post-Coup Threatens Mali’s Economic and Political Health

Colonel Goïta addressing the press following the coup. Following months of protests against the Malian government under Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK), on Aug 18, the military staged a coup d’état. Led by Assimi Goïta, the 37-year-old colonel declared the formation of a National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP). These protests have come at a time where Mali ...

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Diplomat Named Mali PM, Meeting Regional Bloc Demand For Civilian

Former foreign minister Moctar Ouane was named as Mali’s interim prime minister, state television said on Sunday, a move likely to trigger the lifting of sanctions imposed by the West Africa regional bloc in the aftermath of the military coup last month. BAMAKO: Former foreign minister Moctar Ouane was named as Mali’s interim prime minister, state television said on Sunday, ...

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Diplomat named Mali PM, meeting regional bloc demand for civilian

BAMAKO – Former foreign minister Moctar Ouane was named as Mali’s interim prime minister, state television said on Sunday, a move likely to trigger the lifting of sanctions imposed by the West Africa regional bloc in the aftermath of the military coup last month. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said on Friday it would lift sanctions, which ...

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Mali: Bah N’daw – the Retired Colonel Chosen to Return Mali to Civilian Rule

Mali’s new interim president will have 18 months to restore civilian rule. During the transition, he will have another colonel who played a key role in the August coup by his side. The former defense minister and highly decorated retired colonel, Bah N’Daw, was on Monday named interim president. The leadership of the junta said the 70-year-old would oversee the ...

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Mali coup: Bah Ndaw sworn in as civilian leader

Bah Ndaw, seen here in white, was sworn in at a ceremony in the capital, Bamoko Mali’s new president has been sworn into office, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw, 70, was picked by the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections, which are expected in 18 ...

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Ba N’Daou: The retired colonel chosen to return Mali to civilian rule

Mali’s new interim president will have 18 months to restore civilian rule. During the transition, he will have another colonel who played a key role in the August coup by his side. The former defense minister and highly decorated retired colonel, Ba N’Daou, was on Monday named interim president. The leadership of the junta said the 70-year-old would oversee the 18-month ...

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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 Junta Willing To Meet West Africa Bloc’s Demands About Transitional Government

On September 17, Mali’s Junta announced that it was working to meet the demands of West Africa’s regional bloc about the transitional government. On September 17, Mali’s Junta announced that it was working to meet the demands of West Africa’s regional bloc about the transitional government. As per reports, As per reports, the move comes after Junta’s meeting with 6 West ...

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Besieged Mali Junta Holds Talks on Path Back to Democracy

 A delegation from M5-RFP, who have organised large protests in Mali since June, wait in a meeting room at the CNSP (National Committee for the Salvation of the People) headquarters on the military base in Kati, Mali, just outside of Bamako, on August 26, 2020. Mali’s ruling junta will try to convince regional leaders to accept its road map for ...

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Mali’s opposition group says junta’s plan “does not reflect” views of the people

As Mali’s junta tried to hash out a political roadmap with West African leaders in Ghana on Tuesday, the 18-month transition plan agreed by the military just days ago is being contested in Bamako by the popular opposition protest group. “A delegation from the junta went to Accra to negotiate and discuss the fate of Mali without involving the M5-RFP ...

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Coalition rejects Mali political charter

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

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Mali: Abatavuga rumwe na leta baramagana ‘kwiharira ubutegetsi’ kw’abasirikare

Last month’s coup was well received by a large number of civilians Opposition groups called for a boycott of the assembly in Mali in protest of a coup d’état last August, which rejected a transitional agreement in Kirundi. On Saturday, the leaders of the ruling military faction accepted the 18-month-old transitional government until the election. The transitional agreement was reached ...

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Mali opposition rejects junta’s post-coup charter

The coalition said the charter did not reflect the results of negotiations with the military, which seized power last month. The final plan reversed a pledge to have a civilian or military president for 18 months. Mali’s popular opposition movement on Sunday said it had rejected a political charter for an 18-month transition government, backed by the ruling junta. “M5-RFP ...

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Ghana to host consultative meeting toward restoring democratic rule in Mali

Ghana is getting ready to host a consultative meeting to propose solutions to the political crises in Mali amid a current military rule. The meeting has been convened by the newly elected Chairman for the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) President Nana Akufo-Addo. This has become necessary following a military coup that forced the elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta ...

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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 junta vows 18-month transition, leaves door open to military leader

Mali’s military leaders have pushed through a political charter which allows for a soldier to become interim president despite objections from the coalition that led anti-government protests before last month’s coup.  The charter says the interim president can be a civilian or a soldier and will preside over an 18-month transitional period before elections are held, said Moussa Camara, spokesperson for the talks. He added ...

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Mali opposition opposes junta proposal on transition period

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, as they demonstrate to show support for the junta in the capital Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Placard at left in French reads “An army-led transition”. Security forces fire tear ...

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Mali military backs 18-month transition government as talks close

Charter says soldier could be interim leader, despite objections from group that led protests before last month’s coup. International powers, fearful that political instability will undermine a fight against armed groups across the region, have pushed for a swift transition back to civilian rule Mali’s military government has pushed through a political charter to establish an 18-month transition government 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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ECOWAS and the Malian Coup Burden, By Adeoye O. Akinola

What is the fate of Malians? Can ECOWAS be taken seriously? Military rule cannot be an acceptable solution to the Malian crisis. ECOWAS and the international community should be willing to use both “soft” and “hard” power to return the military to their barracks. On August 18, the Malian military – led by Colonel Assimi Goïta – struck, overthrowing the ...

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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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After military coup, uncertainty hangs over Mali’s future

Listen: https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/dovetail.prxu.org/300/c2ea2154-3d49-43f8-93f6-d871e5089e10/2020_0831_06.mp3 When Mali’s military arrested former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta to protect the nation as a “true democracy,” crowds in the capital Bamako erupted in cheers. Two weeks later, that enthusiasm has not waned — at least within Mali. A different story has played out beyond the country’s borders. Regional and world leaders have continued to condemn the military coup ...

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Mali: ‘Ecowas should have santioned IBK,’ says Choguel Maïga

Choguel Maïga, leader of the Front for the Safeguarding of Democracy (FSD) Mali’s Choguel Maïga is one of the leaders of the June 5 Movement – Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP). Having become one of the junta’s interlocutors, he wants the transition to be led by a civilian government, but regrets the sanctions decided by Ecowas. Demonstrations hostile to the ...

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Mali’s experience should serve as a lesson

Tens of thousands of Malians took to the streets of Mali’s capital, Bamoko, welcoming the US-trained Col. Assimi Goita, to show their satisfaction towards the August 18 military coup, following months of protest seeking the departure of the ousted President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. In the buildup to the crisis, the movement of June 5th – Patriotic Forces Gathering (M5-RFP) also ...

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Mali’s opposition coalition disapprove of ECOWAS demands

Mali’s opposition leaders said on Friday they were disappointed by the conditions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) heads of state at an extraordinary meeting on how to transfer power from a military junta to a civilian government. The opposition leaders said it was up to the people of Mali to decide who would lead the ...

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Mali’s neighbours tell junta to transfer power to transitional govt

The junta issued a statement on Friday evening inviting Mali’s political parties including Keita’s ruling coalition and civil society groups to a meeting on Saturday to discuss the organisation of the transition. Some members of Mali’s opposition coalition, the M5-RFP, which held several demonstrations calling for Keita to resign before the coup, said the regional leaders were misreading the situation. ...

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