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World Mali. Will the military junta release Ibrahim Boubacar Keita?

01:25  24 august  2020
01:25  24 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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.

L’ancien président nigérian Goodluck Jonathan (en bleu) et le colonel Assimi Goita, leader de la junte malienne. © H. Diakite, EPA / MAXPPP Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (in blue) and Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of the Malian junta.

Emissaries from neighboring countries were in Mali this weekend. Negotiations were unsuccessful on the release of the ousted president.

The welcome is warm, although the atmosphere is electric. Saturday 22 August, emissaries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) , led by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, were greeted by two members of the military junta who took power in Mali to restore constitutional order after the coup d'état on Tuesday, August 18. Goodluck Jonathan said the talks would lead to something good for the country, for ECOWAS and for the international community .

Mali wakes up to military rule after president forced out

  Mali wakes up to military rule after president forced out 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. There were few obvious traces of the previous day'sKeita, embattled by months of protests over economic stagnation, corruption and a brutal Islamist insurgency, said he had resigned to avoid bloodshed.

The embargo at the center of the debates

It was, however, in a context of great tension that the ECOWAS delegation landed at Bamako airport. When ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) handed in his resignation on Tuesday, the African organization threatened the mutineers with isolating the country. A decision strongly contested by the Malian people as well as by the military in power gathered within the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP).

The main discussion took place on Sunday 23 August. At the center of the debates: the embargo, essentially , slipped Colonel-Major Ismaël Wague, spokesperson for the CNSP.

A lifting of sanctions that could not be done without one of ECOWAS most cherished demands: the release of IBK, 75, whom the envoys met on Saturday evening. We found him in good health , specified Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, chairman of the ad hoc committee. Will the junta do it, when many Malians want it to answer for its bad governance? That's the question.

Mali: The coup causes problems for France .
After the coup in Mali, the military junta initially wants to remain in power. For the former colonial power France, the overthrow brings enormous problems: Islamists are likely to take advantage of the power vacuum in the country. © Uncredited / dpa A military escort picked up President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and his Prime Minister Boubou Cissé last week in the Malian capital Bamako and brought both men to the garrison town of Kati. There Keïta later announced his resignation to .

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