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Mali’s Interim President Returns to Mali

Posted April 7th, 2012 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s interim president arrived in Bamako to take office after military coup leaders agreed to hand power to a civilian government in a deal with neighboring countries announced Saturday. Former speaker of parliament Dioncounda Traore will serve as president with a transitional government until elections are held. He flew into Mali Saturday from a temporary […]

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Mali Coup Leader Vows Quick Return to Civilian Rule

Posted April 7th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The leader of the military coup in Mali says his junta can hand over power to an interim government within days – a key part of its agreement reported hours earlier with the regional group ECOWAS. Captain Amadou Sanago told reporters “it is the will” of those involved in the coup to “move quickly” and […]

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Neighbors Reach Agreement With Mali’s Coup Leaders

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the military coup in Mali have reached an agreement with the 15-member regional group, ECOWAS, on restoring civilian power in the embattled nation. Word of the agreement was made on state television. It was announced that the junta has agreed to the creation of a transitional government led by a consensus prime minister, […]

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Neighbors Prepare to Restore Order in Mali

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The 15-state West African bloc ECOWAS says it is preparing a force of up to 3,000 soldiers which could be deployed in Mali with the aim of securing a return to constitutional order and halting any further rebel advance. The bloc had imposed harsh sanctions on military coup leaders to force them to restore a […]

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Countries Dismiss Mali Rebel Claims of Independent Nation

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. The African Union quickly rejected the rebels’ declaration, dismissing it as “null and of no value whatsoever.” The president of neighboring Niger also rejected the proclamation. In an interview Friday with VOA , Mahamadou Issoufou said, […]

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France, AU Dismiss Mali Rebel Claims of Independent Nation

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. The African Union quickly rejected the rebels’ declaration, dismissing it as “null and of no value whatsoever.” Former colonial power France also rejected the rebels’ move. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said a unilateral declaration of […]

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France Dismisses Mali Rebel Claims of an Independent Nation

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. France, the former territorial colonial power, quickly responded by dismissing the rebels’ declaration. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said a unilateral declaration of independence that is not recognized by African countries has no meaning. In a […]

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Tuareg Rebels Proclaim Independence in Northern Mali

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. In statement on their website, the rebels of The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, or MNLA, said they would respect the borders with others states. The MNLA declared a cease-fire on Thursday, saying it […]

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Mali Parties Reject Junta’s Call for Convention

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s main political parties have rejected a call by military junta leaders for a “national convention” to sort out the country’s political and security problems. The FDR coalition of 50 political parties and civil society groups released a statement Wednesday, saying such a convention is not compatible with a return to constitutional order. Junta leader […]

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Mali Parties Reject Junta’s Call for Convention

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s main political parties have rejected a call by military junta leaders for a “national convention” to sort out the country’s political and security problems. The FDR coalition of 50 political parties and civil society groups released a statement Wednesday, saying such a convention is not compatible with a return to constitutional order. Junta leader […]

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