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Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita walks with his Ivory Coast counterpart Alassane Ouattara upon his arrival in Bamako, Mali July 23, 2020. Press Service of Prime Minister-File Photo

West Africa proposes plan to resolve Mali crisis; opposition unimpressed

West Africa’s regional body ECOWAS 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.
10. The truce-seeking trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Malian capital of Bamako on Thursday ended without a deal to soothe the country’s escalating political crisis.

We’ll do all to resolve political crisis in Mali – ECOWAS chairman

Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, President Mahamadou Issoufou, has said the sub-regional organisation will do all it can to mitigate political crisis in Mali, after many hours of consultations in the nation’s capital, Bamako, on Thursday.
Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Ludovic Marin-AFP

West African leaders seek end to Mali political crisis

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.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not implement policies that will affect the existence of the poor while raising revenue to fund the nation’s infrastructure projects.

President Buhari, other leaders in Bamako over Mali crisis

West African leaders including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari have arrived in Bamako, the Malian capital to find a solution to the worsening political crisis in the francophone country.
Mahmoud Dicko, then-head of Mali's High Islamic Council, prays during a rally at the March 26 stadium in Bamako, Mali, August 12, 2012. REUTERS-Adama Diarra-File Photo

Saudi-trained cleric emerges as driver of Mali protest movement

When five West African presidents arrive in Mali on Thursday to try to defuse a political crisis that has alarmed governments in the region and beyond, the man whose assent they need the most will be one who has never held elected office.
Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a picture during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania June 30, 2020. Ludovic Marin -Pool via REUTERS-File Photo-File Photo

Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS proposals on ending political crisis

An influential opposition group in Mali rejected a proposal by regional mediators on Sunday aimed at ending a political crisis in which at least 11 people have been killed this month during protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
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Mali government criticised by UN, EU for lethal response to protests

The United Nations and the European Union on Monday condemned the Malian government’s use of lethal force during protests calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, and urged it to release detained opposition leaders.

Mali president tries to calm unrest with court dissolution

Mali's embattled president announced the dissolution of the constitutional court in an attempt to calm the major civil unrest gripping the vulnerable African country, as more opposition leaders were arrested.
A video posted on the presidency's Twitter account earlier Sunday had shown the meeting between the president and Mahmoud Dicko, an imam and leading figure of the so-called June 5 movement, in the capital Bamako on Saturday.

Mali protest leaders hike pressure on president after talks

Mali's protest leaders stepped up pressure on President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Sunday, calling for more demonstrations and his resignation hours after meeting with him for talks.
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Mali president says stability at stake after deadly army base attack

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appealed for citizens to unite behind the country’s army after the latest deadly militant strike killed more than 40 soldiers.

Mali declares national mourning after jihadists jill 25 soldiers

Malian troops backed by foreign allies on Wednesday launched a hunt for scores of soldiers listed as missing after one of the deadliest attacks in a seven-year-old jihadist insurgency.

Mali army tightens security after massacre as survivors recall killings

Mali's army reinforced security on Wednesday around two ethnic Dogon villages where 41 people were killed, according to a UN count, as survivors recounted how attackers from a rival community identified victims one by one before executing them.

38 killed in attacks on Mali villages

Thirty-eight people were killed and many others wounded in attacks on two ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali, the government said on Tuesday, in the latest in a cycle of violence in the volatile Sahel country.
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Mali appoints new premier days after government resigns

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appointed a new prime minister, days after the government resigned amid a spike in violence in the restive West African country.

Suspected jihadists kill 10 Mali soldiers

At least 10 Malian soldiers died Sunday in an attack by suspected jihadists in the centre of the African country, a security source told AFP.

Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves militia after massacre

Mali’s government on Sunday announced the sacking of senior military officers and the dissolution of a militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130 Muslims, including women and children.

33 Mali villagers killed in armed raid in Mopti region

Traditional Dogon hunters massacred 33 Fulani herders in central Mali Tuesday in the latest clash between the warring communities, a lawmaker and a security source told AFP.
French President Emmanuel Macron at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris last year. France marks 100 years since end of World War 1

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