BAMAKO (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators chanted pro-junta slogans in Mali’s capital on Wednesday, protesting against the threats of foreign powers to use sanctions to force the leaders of last week’s military coup to step down.
Deposed leader Amadou Toumani Toure, meanwhile, said in his first public comments since he was ousted that he was free and unharmed somewhere inside the West African nation, and called for a swift solution to the crisis.
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators chanted pro-junta slogans in Mali’s capital on Wednesday, protesting against foreign powers’ threats to use sanctions to force the leaders of last week’s coup to step down.
The coup, seen as a setback to fragile democratic gains in Africa, was triggered by army anger at President Amadou Toumani Toure’s handling of a northern Tuareg rebellion that in recent weeks has gained ground and inflicted losses on the army.
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s coup leaders announced a new constitution including a pledge to allow elections in which they would be barred from standing, even as several thousand supporters rallied in the streets of the capital Bamako on Wednesday.
The charter, which did not specify when the elections would be held, came hours after West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc threatened sanctions and the use of military force to reverse last week’s coup that ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure.
ABIDJAN/BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s neighbors threatened on Tuesday to use sanctions and a readiness to use military force to dislodge the army leaders behind last week’s coup, urging them to quickly hand back power to civilian rulers.
A summit of the West African ECOWAS bloc agreed to send a team of heads of state to confront the putschists in the next 48 hours, a sign of the region’s growing resolve to end the instability that has dogged it for decades.
ABIDJAN/BAMAKO, March 27 (Reuters) – A group of West African
heads of state will visit Mali in the next 48 hours to persuade
the leaders of last week’s coup to step down, the ECOWAS
regional bloc agreed on Tuesday, warning it was considering
using “all options” to end the crisis.
The hint of possible military intervention highlighted a
growing determination to bolster local democracy in a region
that has suffered decades of instability.
ABIDJAN/BAMAKO, March 27 (Reuters) – Presidents from eight
West African nations met on Tuesday to consider suspending
Mali’s membership of the regional bloc ECOWAS, sources in the
organisation said, in a bid to isolate leaders of last week’s
Domestic and international pressure is mounting on the coup
leaders to hand back power in a country which was one of the
most stable democracies of the region but is now also struggling
to stamp out a rebellion in its desert north.
WASHINGTON/BAMAKO (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday it would suspend some aid to Mali after last week’s coup, estimating $60-70 million may be affected, but stressed it would maintain food and humanitarian assistance.
Five days after an overnight coup, the West African state is in limbo with the whereabouts of President Amadou Toumani Toure uncertain, the putsch leaders disowned by neighbors and world powers, and Malians confused over their country’s fate.
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Life in Mali’s capital slowly returned to normal on Sunday after most mutinous soldiers returned to their barracks, but rebels exploiting a military coup in the country pushed towards three northern towns.
Underscoring the threat to Mali’s north, the head of the Ganda Iso militia, which has tried to fill the gap left by defeated or stretched government forces, was killed alongside about ten others in clashes with the rebels, a militia source said.
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Life in Bamako returned slowly to normal on Sunday after most mutinous soldiers left the streets, but rebels exploiting the army coup in Mali pushed toward three northern towns.
Gas stations and market stalls reopened in the capital after a decrease in the gunfire and looting that followed Wednesday’s overnight coup. The military junta that ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure has ordered all soldiers back to barracks.
BAMAKO (Reuters) – A delegation of U.N. and African officials has told the military junta that seized power in Mali on Wednesday night to hand back power, saying its plan to fix Mali’s problems and restore security before stepping down will not work.
The message was delivered on Friday during a lightning visit by U.N. and African Union officials and the head of the regional ECOWAS Commission, the U.N. Secretary General’s special representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, told Reuters by phone on Saturday.