West African court orders lifting of some sanctions imposed on Mali

The court of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Thursday ordered suspension of the eight-nation body’s sanctions against Mali, imposed in January after the junta delayed elections. The sanctions severed Mali’s access to regional financial markets and have contributed to its default on about $180 million in debt payments and jobs losses.… Read More West African court orders lifting of some sanctions imposed on Mali

Former Malian PM Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga dies on medical parole

Mali’s former prime minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, arrested over corruption allegations last year, died of an undisclosed illness in hospital on Monday, one of his lawyers said. Maiga, 68, was detained in August over his suspected role in the purchase of a presidential plane during the rule of ex-president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, ousted in a… Read More Former Malian PM Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga dies on medical parole

Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies at 76

Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted by the military in 2020 after a turbulent seven-year rule, has died, officials said on Sunday. He was 76. Known by his initials IBK, Keita ran the West African country from September 2013 until August 2020, during which Islamist insurgents overran large areas and ethnic violence… Read More Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies at 76

ECOWAS imposes sanctions on Mali leaders over stalled elections

West Africa’s main political and economic bloc imposed sanctions on Sunday against Mali’s transitional leaders after they informed the organisation they would not be able to hold presidential and legislative elections in February. Mali’s interim government, which took power following the military’s overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020, had promised the Economic… Read More ECOWAS imposes sanctions on Mali leaders over stalled elections

Mali expels ECOWAS representative

Mali’s transitional government has given the special representative from West Africa’s main regional bloc 72 hours to leave the country over “actions incompatible with his status”, the foreign ministry said on Monday. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been pressing Mali to respect its commitment to hold presidential and legislative elections next… Read More Mali expels ECOWAS representative

Mali military junta release former interim president, prime minister from house arrest

Mali’s former interim president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane have been released from house arrest by the authorities who ousted them in May, a committee monitoring the post-coup transition said on Friday. Their detention by military officers in May marked Mali’s second coup since the overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the previous… Read More Mali military junta release former interim president, prime minister from house arrest

Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as transitional president

Assimi Goita, the Malian colonel who has overthrown two presidents in the past nine months, said he would oversee a transition toward democratic elections as he was sworn in as interim president on Monday. Goita, a 38-year-old special forces commander, had already been declared president by the constitutional court last month after ousting Bah Ndaw,… Read More Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as transitional president

France suspends joint military operations with Mali over recent coup

France said on Thursday it was suspending its joint military operations with local troops in Mali as part of efforts to pressure the military juntathere to restore a civilian-led government. Mali’s military arrested interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane last week and pressured them to resign, derailing a transition to democratic elections… Read More France suspends joint military operations with Mali over recent coup