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Mali’s military junta of Captain Amadou Sanogo has been dissolved, an announcement by the interim authorities said in Bamako over the weekend.
Transnational violent networks have drastically increased in Africa over the years, with the fruits now being clearly seen in the likes of Ansar Dine in northern Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that a locust invasion, previously controlled by the late Gaddafi government and Algeria, is threatening croplands in Niger and Mali.
It seems that Mali’s interim government in Bamako has had enough ot the MNLA and Islamist rebels’ occupation of the north.
Prime Minister Sheik Modibo Diarra, who is a career space scientist, has put the citizens on the war path and made a rallying call on the Malian armed forces to end the portioning of the country.
The sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS has strongly condemned northern Mali rebels’ attempt to create an Islamic State of Azawad, describing the move as “a serious threat to regional and international peace and security.”
By Addoul Karim Ba/WADR Correspondent
As the politicians and soldiers in Bamako continue to engage in bickering, the rebel groups who captured the country’s northern region last April, are forming a united front to impose Sharia, thus breaking the secularism that has existed there for decades.
Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traoré has left Bamako for France to get further medical treatment, after his beating by demonstrators last Monday.
The sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS has launched a probe into Monday’s violent demonstration and physical attack and wounding of Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore, vowing to take punitive action against those responsible.
ECOWAS has reached a deal with Mali’s former junta to extend the duration of the transition under the leadership of the interim President Dioncounda Traoré.
In a statement released after talks in Bamako, the sub-regional bloc said the purpose of the weekend meeting was “to deliver a strong message to the military junta against meddling in the country's political process.”
The United States government has said the failure of the ECOWAS mediation efforts to return Mali to constitutional order is “just providing space for more mischief in the north of Mali.”