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World Mali wakes up to military rule after president forced out

14:10  19 august  2020
14:10  19 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

Senior Mali officials obstructing peace efforts: UN experts

  Senior Mali officials obstructing peace efforts: UN experts 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 the UN Security Council on August 7, which AFP has obtained, and which come during a festering political crisis in the Sahel state. Mali is currently in the grip of a deep political impasse between President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and a strident opposition movement insisting on his resignation.

Mali awoke on Wednesday to a new chapter in its troubled history after rebel military leaders forced President Boubacar Keita from office, prompting its West African neighbours to threaten border closures and sanctions against the coup leaders. It was unclear whether Mr. Keita was still in custody on Wednesday at the Kati military base — a facility seized by the mutineers that was also the site of the 2012 coup that brought him to power. The coup leaders appeared on television overnight to pledge a political transition and new elections within a “reasonable time”.

Mali awoke on Wednesday to a new chapter in its troubled history after rebel military leaders forced President Boubacar Keita from office, prompting its West African neighbours to threaten border closures and sanctions against the coup leaders. There were few obvious traces of the previous day's drama in the capital Bamako -- there were no troops on the streets despite the coup leaders announcing a night-time curfew. The burnt- out home of the former justice minister after an attack by protesters was one of the few visible signs of the overthrow.

Mali awoke on Wednesday to a new chapter in its troubled history after rebel military leaders forced President Boubacar Keita from office, prompting its West African neighbours to threaten border closures and sanctions against the coup leaders.

a clock on the side of a building: The burnt-out home of the former justice minister after an attack by protesters was one of the few visible signs of the overthrow © ANNIE RISEMBERG The burnt-out home of the former justice minister after an attack by protesters was one of the few visible signs of the overthrow a car driving on a city street: IMAGESMorning traffic on Independence Square, a site of opposition protests in the Malian capital of Bamako, after a military coup which overthrew embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. © Malick KONATE IMAGESMorning traffic on Independence Square, a site of opposition protests in the Malian capital of Bamako, after a military coup which overthrew embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Keita, embattled by months of protests over economic stagnation, corruption and a brutal Islamist insurgency, said he had resigned to avoid bloodshed.

Growing fears for regional security after military coup in Mali

  Growing fears for regional security after military coup in Mali Ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned after a day of tensions in Mali that had started with a mutiny in the military camp of Kati, just 9 miles from the capita l city of Bamako. © Baba Ahmed/AP Security forces ride in a truck in the capital Bamako, Mali, Aug. 19, 2020. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta announced on national broadcaster ORTM that he had decided "to leave my functions, all my functions, as of this moment. And with all legal consequences: the dissolution of the National Assembly and that of the government. May Allah help and bless Mali.

In the Malian capital Bamako, Goita said after meeting top civil servants that he was the leader of the “National Committee for the Salvation of the People” that has seized power. Timeline of the main developments in Mali ’s post-election political crisis. The burnt- out home of the former justice minister after an attack by protesters was one of the few visible signs of the overthrow © AFP / ANNIE RISEMBERG. Fellow coup chiefs meanwhile called on the public to return to normal life, warned against acts of “vandalism” and threatened to punish any soldier found guilty of extortion.

Mali awoke on Wednesday, August 19, to a new chapter in its troubled history after rebel military leaders forced President Boubacar Keita from office, prompting its West African neighbors to threaten border closures and sanctions against the coup leaders. Keita, embattled by months of protests over economic The burnt- out home of the former justice minister after an attack by protesters was one of the few visible signs of the overthrow. Jubilant crowds had cheered the rebels on Tuesday, August 18, as they arrived in Bamako, where they detained Keita along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse.

a close up of a map: Map showing the West African country of Mali and the sequence of events leading to resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. © Janis LATVELS Map showing the West African country of Mali and the sequence of events leading to resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

There were few obvious traces of the previous day's drama in the capital Bamako -- there were no troops on the streets despite the coup leaders announcing a night-time curfew.

The burnt-out home of the former justice minister after an attack by protesters was one of the few visible signs of the overthrow.

Jubilant crowds had cheered the rebels on Tuesday as they arrived in Bamako, where they detained Keita along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres demanded the "immediate and unconditional release" of both men as diplomats in New York said the Security Council would hold emergency talks on Wednesday.

Mali’s Coup Needs a Speedy West African Solution

  Mali’s Coup Needs a Speedy West African Solution Extended political turmoil could open the door wider to jihadists.The north became a haven for terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda’s North African franchise. It would take a French military intervention, followed by a larger United Nations force, to push back the Tuareg rebels and their Islamist fellow travelers. Eight years on, that task is far from complete.

Malian President Boubacar Keita resigned from office after a military coup. Mali awoke on Wednesday to a new chapter in its troubled history after rebel military leaders forced President Boubacar Keita from office, prompting its West African neighbours to threaten border closures and sanctions against the coup leaders. Keita, embattled by months of protests over economic stagnation, corruption and a brutal Islamist insurgency, said he had resigned to avoid bloodshed.

Mali awoke on Wednesday to a new chapter in its troubled history after rebel military leaders forced President Boubacar Keita from office, prompting its West African neighbours to threaten border closures and sanctions against the coup leaders. There were few obvious traces of the previous day's drama in the capital Bamako -- there were no troops on the streets despite the coup leaders announcing a night-time curfew. The burnt- out home of the former justice minister after an attack by protesters was one of the few visible signs of the overthrow.

a close up of a newspaper: Factfile on Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who resigned with immediate effect late Tuesday after a military coup. © John SAEKI Factfile on Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who resigned with immediate effect late Tuesday after a military coup.

It was unclear whether Keita was still in custody on Wednesday at the Kati military base -- a facility seized by the mutineers that was also the site of the 2012 coup that brought him to power.

The coup leaders appeared on television overnight to pledge a political transition and new elections within a "reasonable time".

Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff Ismael Wague said he and his fellow officers had "decided to take responsibility in front of the people and of history".

a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: Malians hold up a placard reading 'Long live CMAS (Coordination of movements and associations sympathetic to Imam Mahmoud Dicko) - long live Mali - Good Bye IBK (for Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita) as they demonstrate at Independence Square in Bamako on August 18, 2020, after rebel troops seized Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in a dramatic escalation of a months-long crisis. Neighbouring states in West Africa, along with France, the European Union and the African Union, condemned the sudden mutiny and warned against any unconstitutional change of power in the fragile country. © STRINGER Malians hold up a placard reading 'Long live CMAS (Coordination of movements and associations sympathetic to Imam Mahmoud Dicko) - long live Mali - Good Bye IBK (for Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita) as they demonstrate at Independence Square in Bamako on August 18, 2020, after rebel troops seized Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in a dramatic escalation of a months-long crisis. Neighbouring states in West Africa, along with France, the European Union and the African Union, condemned the sudden mutiny and warned against any unconstitutional change of power in the fragile country.

There were no reports of casualties during the military takeover but the coup leaders announced a curfew and border closures, in effect sealing off the country.

Coup d'Etat in Mali: Paris insists on "the return to the rule of law"

 Coup d'Etat in Mali: Paris insists on © CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON / POOL / AFP The French president, Emmanuel Macron, welcomed in Gao by his Malian counterpart, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta , May 19, 2017. France, which has 5,100 troops currently engaged in Mali, is closely monitoring events in Mali. The condemnations continue to rain on the military putsch which took place Tuesday August 18 in Mali. The African Union has suspended the country from all its activities.

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Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigns after military coup | AFP.

- Jihadist insurgency -

French President Emmanuel Macron was among the first to condemn the mutiny, his office saying that he still supported mediation efforts by other West African states.

Mali is the cornerstone of French-led efforts to roll back jihadists in the Sahel, and its neighbours are anxious to avoid the country sliding into chaos.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Jubilant crowds cheered the rebels as they arrived in central Bamkako on Tuesday © STRINGER Jubilant crowds cheered the rebels as they arrived in central Bamkako on Tuesday

Colonel Wague said "all past agreements" would be respected, including Mali's support for anti-jihadist missions in the region.

"MINUSMA (the UN force in Mali), (France's) Barkhane force, the G5 Sahel, Takuba (a European special-forces initiative) remain our partners," he said.

The coup leaders also remain "committed to the Algiers process," a 2015 peace agreement between the Malian government and armed groups in the north of the country, he said.

Swathes of Mali's territory are outside of the control of the central authorities.

Thousands join Mali rally to celebrate Keita's ouster

  Thousands join Mali rally to celebrate Keita's ouster Opposition supporters flooded into Bamako's central square on Friday to celebrate the overthrow of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, where they were warmly praised by the country's new military rulers. Thousands gathered in the capital's Independence Square, the birthplace of a months-long protest movement, many of them draped in Mali's national flag and blasting on vuvuzela horns. They rallied three days after mutinying troops seized the country's unpopular 75-year-old president, forced him to announce his resignation and unveiled a junta that would rule until a "transitional president" takes over.

Years of fighting have failed to brake an Islamist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives since emerging in 2012.

The failure fuelled frustrations with Keita's rule and tensions flared in April after the government held long-delayed parliamentary elections, the results of which are still disputed.

- Sanctions threat -

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) last month suggested the formation of a unity government while offering continued support for Keita, but the compromise was slapped down by the opposition.

ECOWAS condemned the coup in a statement, pledging to close land and air borders to Mali and push for sanctions against "all the putschists and their partners and collaborators".

The 15-nation bloc -- which includes Mali -- also said that it would suspend the country from its internal decision-making bodies.

Further afield, Morocco on Wednesday stressed the need for "stability" in Mali, calling for "responsible dialogue, respect for constitutional order and the preservation of democratic gains."

The coup coincided with opposition plans to resume protests against Keita.

The June 5 Movement, named after the date of its first protest, focussed public anger against the leader and made increasingly strident demands for his resignation.

Its campaign veered into crisis last month when 11 people were killed during three days of unrest sparked by a demonstration.

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