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Mali Political Parties to Challenge Junta’s Order Suspending Political Activities

Political parties and civil society groups in Mali have rejected the suspension of political activities by the country’s military rulers and plan to mount a legal challenge to the order from the junta which also banned media coverage of political parties. In a declaration, parties and civil society groups said they were astonished by the […]

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Mali – Junta Bans Media Coverage of Political Parties

In addition to banning the activities of political parties, Mali’s ruling junta has also imposed a ban on media coverage of political life. Mali‘s military junta continued to restrict political life in the country on Thursday, banning the media from reporting on the activities of political parties and associations. The country’s high authority for communication […]

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Mali: Junta Suspends Political Party Activities

Citing the need to maintain public order, the Malian junta suspended all political party activities until further notice. Mali‘s junta has issued a decree suspending the activities of political parties, government spokesman Abdoulaye Maiga said in a statement read on state television Wednesday night. “Until further notice, for reasons of public order, the activities of […]

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Mali: In Mali, a Teenage Activist Advocates Against Child Marriage

Koulikoro — With a determined step, Aminata Fofana walks into the courtyard and sits down on a chair. The teenager unlocks her phone with a swipe of the screen and starts a conversation with her new friends from the adolescent girls’ group. This small community allows young girls who were married off early to share […]

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Nigeria/Mali: Super Eagles Lose 2-0 to Tactical Mali

Nigeria’s Super Eagles suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Les Aigles of Mali in their second international friendly match Tuesday’s night in Marrakech, Morocco. It was a night to forget for legendary Finidi George-led squad as they fell behind in the first half and struggled all through to get an equaliser only to concede yet […]

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West Africa: Ecowas Engaging Third Parties to Resolve Dispute With Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso – Official

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has said it is involving third parties to resolve its differences with three “important members” – Mali, Burkina-Faso and Niger – who have indicated their interest in leaving the bloc. The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security, Amb Abdel-Fatau Musah, disclosed this on Friday during […]

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West Africa: Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso to Launch Anti-Jihadist Force

Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali have agreed to set up a joint force to tackle security threats across their territories. Moussa Salaou Barmou, the head of Niger’s armed forces, announced the new force after a meeting with his counterparts, the junta leaders of Mali and Burkina Faso, on Wednesday. In a televised statement, Barmou said […]

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West Africa: No Compulsion in Ecowas Membership – Tuggar

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, has said there’s no compulsion in the membership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Tuggar was alluding to three Sahelian states of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso that exited the regional bloc late January citing misgivings with the bloc. He said it is […]

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Morocco, Mali Examine Cooperation Prospects in Social Protection

Rabat — Minister of Solidarity, Social Integration and the Family, Awatef Hayar, held on Sunday in Rabat talks with Mali’s Minister of Health and Social Development, Assa Badiallo Touré, on the prospects for developing cooperation between the two countries in the field of social protection. The meeting was an opportunity to highlight Morocco’s sustained efforts […]

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Mali: More Than 30 Killed in Mali Bus Crash

The bus fell off a bridge en route to neighboring Burkina Faso, carrying both locals and foreigners. Road accidents are common in Mali, with roads and vehicles suffering from poor conditions. A bus fell off a bridge in southeastern Mali on Tuesday, killing 31 people, the Transport Ministry said.The bus crashed near the western town […]

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West Africa: Updated – Ecowas Lifts Sanctions On Guinea, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted the economic sanctions imposed on Niger, Mali and Burkina-Faso. The lifting of the sanctions followed long hours of deliberations by the regional leaders at an extraordinary summit on the political, peace, and security situation in the sub region. Announcing ECOWAS resolutions after their meeting, President […]

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West Africa: Gowon Asks Ecowas to Lift Sanctions On Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

Mr Gowon, who was one of the founders of ECOWAS as Nigeria’s military head of state in May 1975, expressed his concerns about recent developments in the regional body in an open letter. A former Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, has asked ECOWAS to lift sanctions imposed on Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. He […]

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Niger: Ecowas Prepares to Lift Sanctions on Niger – Report

Dakar — According to information from Jeune Afrique, regional organization Ecowas will lift the economic sanctions on Niger “soon” – a decision made after the coup on July 26, 2023, by General Abdourahamane Tchiani against elected president Mohamed Bazoum. Negotiations between the Alliance of Sahel States (AES) and the mediators of the regional organization seemed […]

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Congo-Kinshasa: To mark the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers, the Special Representative is launching the Children and Armed Conflict Primer

As we mark the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers, commonly known as the Red Hand Day, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, reaffirms her commitment to the protection of children affected by armed conflict in all regions of the world. The recruitment and use of children by armed […]

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Burkina Faso: Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso to Form Confederation

“Our excellent diplomats then recommended to the Heads of State the creation of a Confederation bringing together Burkina, Mali and Niger, awaiting the creation of a Federation of the three countries.” The governments of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have made public their plans to form a confederation following their ‘exit‘ from ECOWAS. “Our excellent […]

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West Africa: Ecowas Exit – Tinubu Sends Delegation to Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

President Bola Tinubu has sent some of his cabinet members to the governments of Republic of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso over the trio’s recent move to exit the regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Daily Trust reports. Tinubu’s team, comprising the Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru and his counterpart from Foreign […]

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West Africa: Ecowas Council Meets, Discusses Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso Exit, Senegal Crisis

“As you are all aware, our region is in the spotlight once again… this crucial meeting has been convened to address these recent developments and challenges faced in the sub-region.” The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Thursday, convened a meeting of its mediation and security council to discuss political developments in the […]

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West Africa: Ecowas Faces Uncertain Future Following Members’ Exit Plans

Abuja, Nigeria — Officials from countries of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS met in Nigeria’s capital Thursday to discuss the exit of three members, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, who announced their departure from the bloc last week. The bloc is also dealing with a brewing crisis in Senegal, where the president has delayed […]