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Jun 11, 2012

West Africa BCEAO cenbak cuts rate by 25 bps

DAKAR, June 11 (Reuters) – The Central Bank of West African
states on Monday cut its key lending rate by 25 basis points to
3 percent on adverse international environment weighing on the
region’s growth, the bank said in a statement.

Kone Tiemoko Meyliet, governor of the eight-nation central
bank BCEAO, said the bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC)
decided to cut it’s marginal rate effective from June 16,
following an assessment of risks facing the region.

Jun 7, 2012

Pan-African airline dream faces tough take-off

DAKAR (Reuters) – Gervais Djondo is a man with a dream.

The former industry minister of the west African state of Togo has set himself a mission to create a pan-African airline serving the continent, an elusive goal since a previous venture, Air Afrique, collapsed under a pile of debt in 2002.

Africa’s aviation market is set to soar in the coming years, powered by the resource-rich continent’s robust economic growth and burgeoning consumer market, which are multiplying business and leisure travel. Big airline manufacturers are eyeing potentially buoyant orders, as Africans increasingly turn to air travel.

Jun 7, 2012

Analysis: Pan-African airline dream faces tough take-off

DAKAR (Reuters) – Gervais Djondo is a man with a dream.

The former industry minister of the west African state of Togo has set himself a mission to create a pan-African airline serving the continent, an elusive goal since a previous venture, Air Afrique, collapsed under a pile of debt in 2002.

Africa’s aviation market is set to soar in the coming years, powered by the resource-rich continent’s robust economic growth and burgeoning consumer market, which are multiplying business and leisure travel. Big airline manufacturers are eyeing potentially buoyant orders, as Africans increasingly turn to air travel.

May 3, 2012

ECOWAS warn Mali, Bissau juntas, prepares troops

DAKAR (Reuters) – West African leaders warned military juntas in Mali and Guinea Bissau on Thursday that further defiance of the 15-nation bloc’s decisions would not be tolerated but stopped short of deploying troops to both countries.

Meeting in the Senegalese capital for their second extraordinary summit in a week, the heads of state heard that soldiers who seized power in both countries continue to reject proposals put forward for transition to civilian rule.

Apr 10, 2012

Malians march for “liberation” of rebel-held north

BAMAKO, April 10 (Reuters) – Around 2,000 Malians marched
through the capital Bamako on Tuesday appealing for foreign help
to dislodge Tuareg-led rebels in the north, saying a
humanitarian crisis was looming and civilians had been abused.

Rebels capitalised on the disarray after a March 22 coup to
seize the three northern regions they claim as their desert
homeland of “Azawad”, a secession bid that has been shunned by
Mali’s neighbours and foreign capitals from Paris to Washington.

Apr 9, 2012

New north Mali Arab force seeks to “defend” Timbuktu

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Members of Mali’s Arab community in the northern town of Timbuktu have formed an armed group to fill the void left by the army’s retreat, adding to a host of factions already involved and extending the ethnic dimension of Mali’s conflict.

Residents in Timbuktu said the new group, known as the Azawad National Liberation Front, or FLNA, was essentially made up of members of an Arab militia that had been established to defend the town during an advance by Tuareg-led rebels.

Apr 8, 2012

Mali’s president resigns, neighbors discuss north

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Toure resigned on Sunday, paving the way for the soldiers who ousted him in a coup to stick by a deal to restore civilian rule and hand power to the president of the National Assembly.

Neighboring states meeting to discuss turmoil in Mali’s north, a major reason for the military’s ousting of Toure, differed over whether to crush the northern rebels, a mix of Tuareg separatists and Islamists with links to al Qaeda, or talk to them.

Apr 8, 2012

Mali junta sees civilian government “in days”

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s coup leader said on Saturday the junta would hand power to civilians within days in a deal under which neighboring nations agreed to lift sanctions and help tackle Tuareg rebels who have seized much of the north.

The March 22 coup by soldiers angry at ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure’s handling of a two-month-old rebellion backfired, emboldening the Tuareg nomads to seize the northern half of Mali and declare an independent state there.

Apr 7, 2012

Mali junta sees interim government “in days”

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s junta leader said on Saturday a power handover agreed with neighboring countries would take place in a matter of days with the appointment of an interim government of national unity.

The March 22 coup by disgruntled soldiers plunged the West African country into chaos and emboldened Tuareg rebels who have declared an independent state in the north of Mali.

Apr 6, 2012

Mali’s neighbors back junta exit plan

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s two-week-old junta agreed on Friday to hand over rule to civilians in return for the end of sanctions by worried neighbors who had threatened to strangle the economy of the West African country.

The accord between leaders of a March 22 coup and regional mediators came the day Tuareg rebels declared the independence of the northern half of Mali they seized in a lightning advance earlier this week – a secession bid shunned by the world.

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      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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