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People attend a ceremony hosted by Imam Mahmoud Dicko and his organization, CMAS (Coordination of movements and associations sympathetic to Imam Mahmoud Dicko), in Bamako on August 28, 2020, in honor of the Malians killed by security forces on July 10-12 during ongoing protests against Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted by the Malian military on August 18th. – Mali’s influential imam Mahmoud Dicko, a key player in the mass opposition protests that led to Keita’s ouster, said on August 28 that the new military rulers did not have “carte blanche”. “We will not give a blank cheque to anyone to run this country, that’s over,” he said. “We led the fight,” he said. “People have died and the soldiers who have completed (this fight) must keep their word.” (Photo by ANNIE RISEMBERG / AFP)

Mali protest movement proposes two-year transition to civilian rule

The protest coalition that campaigned against former Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has proposed that the military junta that ousted him organise a transition to civilian rule within 24 months, one of its leaders said Sunday.
Students of Government Secondary School Wuse, are seen taking the West African Examination Council (WAEC) 2020 exam, after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Abuja, Nigeria August 17, 2020. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Schools to reopen in Lagos as virus cases decline

Schools will reopen in Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos next month as part of plans to revive the economy as COVID-19 cases decline, the state governor said on Saturday.
“This transition must be done quickly… It is a matter of months,” Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told French media.

Mali: France asks military to ‘quickly’ transfer power

France on Sunday called on Mali’s military junta to “quickly” organise a transition to civilian rule after this month’s coup, warning that the political crisis would benefit terrorists.
Colonel Ismael Wague, the junta's spokesman of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), which overthrew Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, speaks to the media after the meeting with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediators, in Bamako, Mali August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Moussa Kalapo

Mali junta postpones transfer of powers meeting as cracks emerge

Mali’s military junta on Saturday postponed the first meeting on the transfer of power after rising tensions with the group that sparked the August 18 coup.
Liverpool forward Ovie Ejaria has left the club to join joined Championship club Reading on a permanent basis.

Ovie Ejaria completes Reading move away from Liverpool

Liverpool forward Ovie Ejaria has left the club to join joined Championship club Reading on a permanent basis.
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou (C) walks with Mali's ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (R) at the Bamako-Senou International Airport September 18, 2013. REUTERS-Thierry Gouegnon-File Photo

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

Mali’s West African neighbours on Friday told the military junta which seized control 10 days ago that it must transfer power to a civilian-led transitional government immediately and hold elections within a year.
Colonel Assimi Goita, the junta leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) which overthrew Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, walks out after the meeting with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediators in Bamako, Mali August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mamadou Keita

Nigeria: ECOWAS agrees Mali’s transitional government to last only one year

Mali’s West African neighbours have agreed the country’s transitional government must be lead by civilian and last no longer than 12 months, Nigeria’s presidency said on Friday.
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Mali: President Buhari, West African leaders meet again

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, joined other West African leaders in another extraordinary summit aimed at finding lasting solutions to the crisis in Mali.
Colonel Ismael Wague, the junta's spokesman of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), which overthrew Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, speaks to the media after the meeting with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediators, in Bamako, Mali August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Moussa Kalapo

West African leaders to push Mali junta to hand over power within a year

West African leaders seeking a return to democracy in Mali will on Friday demand that the military junta that ousted the president in a coup last week appoint a civilian head of government to oversee a transition lasting no more than a year.

Group condemns maltreatment of Nigerian traders in Ghana, urges ECOWAS to intervene

An NGO, Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA Foundation) has condemned the ill treatment of Nigerian traders in Ghana.
French Foreign Affair Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut, Lebanon July 23, 2020. REUTERS-Aziz Taher

Mali transition must be quick – French foreign minister

France’s foreign minister said on Thursday that the transition in Mali needs to be quick, but that the coup d’etat in the country would not stop French military operations targeting Islamist militants.
The international community increased pressure on the military junta that has seized power in Mali, as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie suspended the nation from its membership Tuesday.

Coup: Mali suspended from international Francophone organisation

The international community increased pressure on the military junta that has seized power in Mali, as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie suspended the nation from its membership Tuesday.
Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff Ismael Wague, front row 2nd left, speaks during a press conference in Kati, Mali, Aug. 19, 2020.

Mali talks end with no decision on transitional government

Talks between West African mediators and Mali’s military coup leaders ended on Monday after three days of discussions without any decision on the make-up of a transitional government, a junta spokesman said.
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Minister: No date yet for resumption of schools

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says no date has been fixed yet for full schools’ resumption even though the federal government had continued to engage stakeholders.
The head of the delegation from the regional Ecowas bloc, former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, said that detained Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was doing relatively well.

West African delegation ‘very hopeful’ after meeting Mali junta

A West African delegation visiting Mali to push for a speedy return to civilian rule following a coup said it was "very hopeful" on Saturday after meeting with the country's military junta and the president it ousted.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), has confirmed 476 new cases of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.

Nigeria: Lassa fever infections drop after worst ever outbreak

The transmission of Lassa fever has dropped significantly across Nigeria with a total of 30 cases recorded nationwide in the past two months.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel says it is unsafe to reopen schools in the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Emmanuel demands petroleum depot in Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has insisted that Akwa Ibom State sitting on 25% of Nigeria’s oil and gas reserve, deserves at least a petroleum depot to regig the state economy and open up job opportunities for the youths.
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Yaya Toure: Sidelining Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast FA presidency is shameful

Former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has castigated the stance by the Ivory Coast Footballers Association (AFI) not to support former national team captain Didier Drogba in his bid to become president of the West African nation’s football federation.

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