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Mali opposition groups march in capital to welcome president’s downfall

Thousands marched Friday in the streets of Mali’s capital to celebrate the overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as the West African nation’s political opposition backed the military’s junta plan to eventually hand over power to a civilian transitional...

Mali president forced to resign in apparent coup d’etat

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned at gunpoint on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after soldiers detained him and other senior officials of the government.Looking tired and wearing a surgical mask, Keita resigned in a brief address broadcast on...

Mali president and PM detained by mutinying soldiers

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and top government officials were detained on Tuesday by mutinying soldiers in the capital Bamako, plunging the country deeper into crisis.Keita’s detention followed hours of uncertainty after soldiers mutinied in the morning at the...

Gunfire at Mali army base, mutiny or coup d’etat?

Gunfire was heard on Tuesday at an army base outside Mali’s capital Bamako as diplomatic and security sources said a mutiny was under way in the base.Local residents and security sources said there was gunfire at the army base...

UN experts accuse top Mali military officials of obstructing peace efforts

United Nations experts have accused senior army and intelligence officials in Mali of deliberately obstructing a shaky 2015 peace accord, originally designed to reduce violence in the war-torn West African country.The revelations appear in an expert report delivered to...

Malians back on the street renew call for president to resign

Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali’s rainy capital Bamako on Tuesday renewing calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down despite international mediation efforts to resolve a political crisis.Protests led by an opposition coalition called...

Five Mali soldiers killed in an ambush, amid rising political crisis

Twin attacks believed to have been carried out by rebel fighters in Central Mali, have left at least five soldiers dead, amid political crisis rocking the Nation.Five soldiers were killed and five others wounded when a military convoy ran...

Mali cleric now says crisis can be resolved without president resigning

The Muslim cleric seen as the driving force behind Mali’s protest movement said the country’s political crisis could be resolved without President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigning, offering a more moderate solution than other opposition leaders.At least 14 protesters were...

Contested Mali lawmakers will not step down – representative

A group of lawmakers in Mali will not resign as recommended by Ecowas, a representative said on Wednesday, dealing a further blow to efforts to find a peaceful resolution to Mali’s months-long political crisis.On Monday, the Economic Community of...

ECOWAS propose plans to end Mali political crisis

West Africa’s regional body ECOWAS rose from a virtual meeting on Monday, with a proposal to end the political crisis in Mali before it snowballs into major conflict.Speaking at the opening of the summit, Niger President, Mahamadou Issoufu, who...
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