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Mali’s speaker of parliament is to head an interim government, as Captain Amadou Sanogo and his military junta have agreed to finally hand over power to civilian authority.
Under the deal spearheaded by the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS at the weekend, the Speaker of Mali’s parliament Diounconda Traore will organize elections 40 days after taking office.
-While MNLA rebels declare independence in northern Mali
The UN peacekeeping force in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI) has said it has increased joint patrols with French Licorne and the Ivorian armed forces along the Malian border, while rebels in northern Mali have announced a ceasefire and declared independence in a region called Azawad.
UNSC issues 3rd statement on crisis
The United Nations Security Council has called for an end to hostilities in northern Mali, as the ECOWAS sanctions begin to hold.
As the ECOWAS sanctions begin to hold, the African Union has imposed its own sanctions on Mali’s coup leaders, including travel ban and asset freeze on the coup leaders.
Mali’s military junta has given in to threats from the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS, announcing the restoration of constitutional order on Sunday, April 1st, more than one week after mutinous soldiers overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure and amid rapid rebels' military gains in the north.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned what it said are attacks and threats against several journalists in Mali, in the aftermath of last week’s military coup that ousted President Amadou Toumani Touré.
A US State Department official has said the military takeover in Mali as ”is a shame” and has called for immediate return to constitutional order.
Latest reports from Bamako say the head of Mali’s Junta, Captain Amadou Sanogo says his administration is prepared for dialogue.
Speaking to Journalists in the capital on Friday, Captain Sanogo called on ECOWAS to help the Malian army in defeating the rebel insurgency in northern Mali.
Latest reports from Mali say at least one person has been killed in clashes between civilian supporters of the military junta and those demonstrating against the coup leaders on Thursday.
WADR’s Bamako Correspondent says the clashes were continuing and other people have been injured, exactly one week after renegade soldiers overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure.
A delegation comprising several ECOWAS heads of state is due in Mali on Thursday to urge the coup leaders to restore democracy and return to the barracks.