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Military Takes Over Ruling Party HQ in Guinea Bissau

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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/// re-running for web /// Eyewitnesses say that Guinea-Bissau’s military has taken control of the ruling party headquarters and national radio station while shots and rocket fire were heard in the capital. Soldiers also occupied central streets on Thursday, including the avenue where outgoing prime minister and presidential candidate Carlos Gomes, Junior lives. But it […]

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Malian Politician Says Parties Ready to Work With Transitional Government

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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A prominent Malian politician says he believes most political parties will work with a new transitional government, as the country prepares to swear in an interim president. Cheick Traore, leader of the African Convergence for Renewal party, told VOA Malians want to return to a “normal constitutional life.” “We will have to work with the […]

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Mali Speaker to Become Interim President Thursday

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s parliament speaker is expected to be sworn in as interim president on Thursday, taking temporary control of a fractured nation beset by instability. Assembly leader Dioncounda Traore will have a maximum of 40 days under the constitution to organize a new election. Mali’s constitutional court on Tuesday cleared the way for Mr. Traore’s swearing […]

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Security Council Expresses Concern at Terrorist Threat in Mali

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has expressed “deep concern at the increased terrorist threat” in northern Mali, saying elements of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and extremist elements are among rebels who have seized much of the north. In a statement late Monday, the Security Council demanded an end to all hostilities in the north […]

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ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions Against Mali

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The Economic Community of West African States has lifted sanctions against Mali, saying it is convinced the leaders of a military coup are committed to restoring constitutional rule. ECOWAS communications director Sonny Ugoh told VOA the military’s efforts have been “sufficiently strong,” but that the international community stands ready to “react appropriately” if the deal […]

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ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions Against Mali

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Economic Community of West African States has lifted sanctions against Mali, saying it is convinced the leaders of a military coup are committed to restoring constitutional rule. ECOWAS communications director Sonny Ugoh told VOA the military’s efforts have been “sufficiently strong,” but that the international community stands ready to “react appropriately” if the deal […]

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ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions Against Mali

Posted April 8th, 2012 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Toure has officially resigned weeks after being toppled in a military coup that came just months before his term was to end. A mediator for ECOWAS — the Economic Community of West African States — said he received Mr. Toure’s resignation letter Sunday. An ECOWAS official tells VOA that the group […]

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ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions Against Mali

Posted April 8th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Toure has officially resigned weeks after being toppled in a military coup that came just months before his term was to end. A mediator for ECOWAS — the Economic Community of West African States — said he received Mr. Toure’s resignation letter Sunday. An ECOWAS official tells VOA that the group […]

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Mali’s President Formally Resigns

Posted April 8th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Toure, the democratically elected leader toppled in a military coup last month, has formally resigned from his post. An international mediator for West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc said they received a letter of resignation from Mr. Toure on Sunday, adding that they will inform “competent authorities” so that appropriate measures can be […]

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UN Chief Urges Swift Transfer of Power in Mali

Posted April 8th, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Mali’s military junta to quickly carry out the accord signed with West African leaders to transfer power back to civilian leaders. A U.N. statement late Saturday said Mr. Ban also called on the junta to refrain from any activities that would undermine the tenets of the agreement with the […]

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