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.
BAMAKO (Reuters) – The leader of a military coup in Mali, Amadou Sanogo, appeared on television on Saturday to say he was alive and well, denying rumors that he had been killed in a counter-coup days after seizing power.
“Good evening, people of Mali, good evening comrades in arms, good evening citizens, I am Captain Sanogo and I am here in good health, all is well,” Sanogo said in a broadcast aired on state television in the early hours.
BAMAKO, March 23 (Reuters) – Spillover from the overthrow of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi last year has been stirring a toxic cocktail of rebels, weapons, refugees, drought, smugglers and violent Islamic militants in Africa’s turbulent Sahel region.
Now this backwash of instability from one field of the Arab Spring has now claimed its first government south of the Sahara – with this week’s coup in Mali, where renegade low-ranking officers in the West African state toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure.
By David Lewis and Tiemoko Diallo
BAMAKO, March 23 (Reuters) – Soldiers looted petrol stations and hijacked cars in Mali’s capital Bamako on Friday, 48 hours after a military coup, and the African Union said it had assurances that President Amadou Toumani Toure was safe.
The AU suspended Mali’s membership after the coup, which has left the West African nation in limbo and jangled nerves in a region suffering aftershocks from last year’s Libyan war.
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Soldiers looted petrol stations and hijacked cars in the Malian capital Bamako on Friday 48 hours after a military coup, as the African Union said it had assurances that President Amadou Toumani Toure was safe.
The AU also suspended Mali’s membership after the coup which has left the West African nation in limbo and jangled nerves in a region already suffering aftershocks from the Libyan war.