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UN Chief Calls For Release of Detainees in Mali Coup

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the immediate release of those arrested in Mali since last month’s military coup, including high ranking public officials. In a statement released Wednesday, Mr. Ban urged the military junta not to undermine efforts to restore constitutional rule in Mali. Mr. Ban’s concerns follow word that Mali’s former […]

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Mali President Ousted in Coup Sheltered at Senegal Embassy

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s former president Amadou Toumani Toure, who has not been seen he was ousted in a military coup, is being sheltered at Senegal’s embassy in Bamako. Senegalese President Macky Sall told reporters while visiting Paris on Wednesday that Mr. Toure is currently staying at the ambassador’s residence in Mali’s capital. Mr. Toure’s whereabouts had been […]

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Mali Soldiers Arrest Key Government Figures

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Mali soldiers have arrested at least seven prominent political figures, raising questions about a promise by coup leaders to return power to civilians. Witnesses and political aides say the arrests happened in the capital Bamako late Monday and early Tuesday. A source close to those arrested tells VOA that former prime minister Soumaila Cisse is […]

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Mali Soldiers Arrest Key Government Figures

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Mali say soldiers have arrested at least seven prominent political figures, raising questions about a promise by coup leaders to return power to civilians. Witnesses and political aides say the arrests happened in the capital Bamako late Monday and early Tuesday. A source close to those arrested tells VOA that former prime minister […]

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Mali Swears in Interim President

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali has sworn in an interim president tasked with organizing new elections and fighting Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants. After his swearing in Thursday in the capital, Bamako, President Dioncounda Traore warned the rebels and al-Qaida-linked group Ansar Dine to retreat or face war. The former parliament speaker added, “We prefer peace, but if war […]

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Mali Swears in Interim President

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Mali has sworn in an interim president tasked with organizing new elections and fighting Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants. After his swearing in Thursday in the capital, Bamako, President Dioncounda Traore warned the rebels and al-Qaida-linked group Ansar Dine to retreat or face war. The former parliament speaker added, “We prefer peace, but if war […]

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Mali’s Interim President Sworn Into Office

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s parliament speaker, Diocounda Traore, is the country’s new interim president after taking the oath of office Thursday. Mr. Traore will have up to 40 days to organize a new election. He is coming into power as part of a transition agreement between the Economic Community of West African States and renegade Malian soldiers who […]

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Mali Interim President Takes Office Thursday

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s parliament speaker, Diocounda Traore, is scheduled to be sworn as the country’s interim president on Thursday. Traore will have up to 40 days to organize a new election. He is coming into power as part of a transition agreement between the Economic Community of West African States and renegade Malian soldiers who ousted former […]

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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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