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ECOWAS lifts economic, travel sanctions on Niger, others
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ECOWAS lifts economic, travel sanctions on Niger, others

ECOWAS leaders The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on the Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, member states that are ruled by the military, according to The Cable report. The ECOWAS officials said on Saturday [Feb. 24], that the decision was based on humanitarian concerns, particularly given the Lent season and the approaching month of Ramadan. The West African regional bloc has invited all four countries to an imminent meeting. The bloc has eased the sanctions it placed on Niger after the military takeover last year. The move forms part of a renewed drive for diplomacy following a series of political crises in the area in recent months. “ECOWAS lifts economic sanctions, border clos...
Diplomatic Tensions Rise as Burkina Faso Considers Consultation with Mali and Niger on Trade Decisions
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Diplomatic Tensions Rise as Burkina Faso Considers Consultation with Mali and Niger on Trade Decisions

In a move that has potential diplomatic ramifications, Burkina Faso's Military leader, Ibrahim Traoré, has announced that his country will engage in consultations with Mali and Niger to make a final decision on whether to permit Ghanaian traders and other West African nationals to conduct business within their borders. Traoré affirmed Burkina Faso's commitment to pan-Africanism, expressing openness to Africans wishing to visit the country. However, he stated that a conclusive determination on trade matters, particularly involving Ghana, Nigeria, and other West African countries, would be reached after consultations among the leaders of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. "We remain pan-African. Anyone in Africa or an African who wants to come to Burkina is welcomed. We will decide what measur...
President Akufo-Addo commiserates with the people of Mali over President Keita’s death
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President Akufo-Addo commiserates with the people of Mali over President Keita’s death

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commiserated with the government, family, and people of Mali following the death of former President HE Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, which occurred on Sunday, 16th January 2022. President Akufo-Addo, in a statement, addressed to the Head of the Transitional Government of Mali, H.E. Col. Assimi Goita said he learned the news of President Keita’s death with sadness.He noted that “the late former President will be remembered as a respected Statesman of Mali and the ECOWAS region. His demise is a sad day for the people of Mali and the ECOWAS Community.”“On behalf of the people of Ghana and the ECOWAS Community, and on my own behalf, I extend deep condolences to you, his widow, and family”, the statement said.  
Boubou Traore to officiate Ghana, Comoros game
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Boubou Traore to officiate Ghana, Comoros game

Malian referee Boubou Traore has been appointed to officiate Ghana’s last Group C match against Comoros at the African Cup of Nations. Boubou Traore, a 36 – year old referee from Mali will be assisted by Issa Yaya from Chad (Assistant I), Mahamadou Yahaya Gado from Niger (Assistant II) and Issa SY from Senegal (Fourth Official). The Confederation of African Football has also appointed Youssouf Guedi Guirreh from Djibouti as the Match Commissioner while Ali Mohamed Ahmed from Somalia serves as Referee Assessor. The match is scheduled for 20:00Hrs kick off at the Omnisports Roumde Adjia stadium in Garoua on Tuesday. January 18, 2022. Other appointed officials include: Titus Haimbili Kunamuene - General Coordinator - Namibia Lucas Radebe - Technical Study Group - South ...
Zambian Referee Sikazwe mars beauty of Mali, Tunisia game
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Zambian Referee Sikazwe mars beauty of Mali, Tunisia game

Zambia Referee Janny Sikazwe ended the thrilling AFCON game between Mali and Tunisia this afternoon before the 90th minute mark. After a water break (cool off) that lasted about two minutes coupled with a few stoppages, many expected at least five minutes of time-added. Instead, Referee Sikazwe decided to end it all with seconds before the 90 minutes, triggering fierce protests from the Tunisians, who lost 2-1. The game was also characterised by a chain of controversial decisions from the referee, who on November 20, 2018, was provisionally suspended by the CAF Disciplinary Board on suspicion of corruption, following his handling of the CAF Champions League second leg semis between Espérance de Tunis and Primeiro de Agosto. The referee's performance showed why involvment o...
Seven U.N. peacekeepers killed in central Mali explosion
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Seven U.N. peacekeepers killed in central Mali explosion

The United Nations flag is seen during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. An explosion on Wednesday in central Mali killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and seriously wounded three others, the U.N. mission said on Twitter. A logistics convoy hit an improvised explosive device between the towns of Douentza and Sevare, an area where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate. No group claimed responsibility on Wednesday. Mali, one of Africa's largest and poorest countries, is battling an Islamist insurgency that has flourishes despite a nine-year effort by international forces led by former colonial power France to defeat it. The U.N.'s peacekeeping mission, known as ...
President Akufo-Addo reiterates ECOWAS’s commitment to Mali’s Peace
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President Akufo-Addo reiterates ECOWAS’s commitment to Mali’s Peace

ECOWAS Chairman, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana Sunday reiterated the continuous commitment of the regional bloc to the peaceful resolution on the crisis in Mali. Thus, he has urged heads of state of government in the region to remain resolute in supporting the people of Mali to find a lasting solution that would restore democracy and stability in that country. Speaking at the opening of a day’s Extraordinary Meeting of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on Mali's political crisis convened in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said the recent happenings in Mali heightened anxiety levels in the region and “shaking the hope of a peaceful and successful transition to a democratic government in Mali.” He said the sudden dissolution by the President of ...
Mali suspended from ECOWAS
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Mali suspended from ECOWAS

ECOWAS has suspended Mali from the regional bloc following last week's Coup in which the President and Prime minister of that country were deposed by the military.   The bloc also called for the immediate nomination of a new civilian Prime Minister who would steer that country’s transition programme.   "A new inclusive government should be formed to proceed with the transition programme," said a communique issued at the end of Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of the Heads of State and Governments in Accra to resolve the crisis in Mali.   The Heads of State expressed strong reservation over the crisis in Mali, which is coming halfway to the end of the agreed transition period.   They demanded the release of the former Transition President Bah N’Daw and P...
Mali coup: Col Goïta seizes power – again
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Mali coup: Col Goïta seizes power – again

For the second time in nine months, Col Assimi Goïta has seized power in Mali, detaining transitional President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane after accusing them of failing in their duties and trying to sabotage the West African state’s transition to democracy. He also led the coup which deposed the elected head of state, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, on 18 August last year. But the 2020 coup was widely welcomed by the public and opposition politicians who had become exasperated with Mr Keïta’s feeble leadership and tolerance of corruption. It took weeks of negotiation before the terms for a transition back to democratic rule were finally agreed between the coup leaders and mediators from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas...
French journalist kidnapped in Mali pleads for help in video
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French journalist kidnapped in Mali pleads for help in video

Olivier Dubois appeals to French authorities “to do everything” in their power to free him from rebel fighters. A French journalist kidnapped by rebels in Mali’s northern city of Gao last month has appeared in a video appealing to French authorities to do everything they can to free him. “I’m Olivier Dubois. I’m French. I’m a journalist. I was kidnapped in Gao on April 8 by the JNIM (an al-Qaeda-linked group). I’m speaking to my family, my friends and the French authorities for them to do everything in their power to free me,” Dubois said in a 21-second video shared on social media. The clip’s authenticity was not immediately confirmed. A French foreign ministry source confirmed the disappearance of the journalist and said the ministry was in contact with his family and ca...