Mali coup

  1. Mali's military takes key posts in new government

    Mali's transition President Bah Ndaw (R) with interim Vice-President Col Assimi Goita (L)

    Mali's transitional President, Bah Ndaw, has appointed a 25-member government in which senior military personnel have been given several key posts.

    According to a presidential decree read out on state television, the ministries of defence, security, territorial administration and national reconciliation are all to be led by colonels in the Malian military.

    Mr Ndaw - who had a career in the air force - was hand-picked to be president of the country by the coup leader.

    Following the subsequent appointment of a civilian prime minister, the West African regional block - Ecowas - is expected to soon lift the sanctions it imposed after August's coup.

    Col Sadio Camara, one of the leaders of the junta, will become the minister of defence, while the spokesman for the military junta, Col-Maj Ismaël Wagué, will be in charge of national reconciliation.

    Some significant posts also went to civilians with the former prosecutor, Mohamed Sidda Dicko, heading the justice department.

    Only four posts were given to women and just two posts to members of the opposition, M5, the group that led protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta leading to his ouster by the military.

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  2. Mali's ex-defence minister named interim leader

    French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and his Malian counterpart Bah N'Daw pose on July 16, 2014 in Bamako after signing a military cooperation plan in the fight against Islamist militants
    Image caption: Bah Ndaw served as defence minister under Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

    Mali's former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw has been appointed interim president while coup leader Colonel Assimi Goita will serve as his deputy, state television has announced.

    Mali's junta has been under intense pressure from West African leaders to return power to civilians following the coup that overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta more than a month ago.

    Mr Ndaw is a retired colonel-major who served as Mr Keïta's defence minister.

    West African leaders insisted last week that a civilian be appointed interim president, while signalling that they would accept a soldier as deputy leader, during an 18-month-long transition that would end with elections.

    It is not yet clear if Mr Ndaw will be accept by Ecowas, or by the opposition parties.

  3. Mali begins national talks ahead of transition deadline

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    Colonel Assimi Goita, the junta leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP)
    Image caption: Col Assimi Goita (C) has been reaching out to key political figures

    A three-day national consultation on the make-up of Mali's transitional government begins on Thursday in the capital, Bamako.

    The talks come ahead of a deadline given by West African leaders for the appointment of civilian leaders by 15 September.

    This follows consultative meetings held last weekend to agree on the “terms of reference” for Thursday's talks.

    Pressure is mounting on the military rulers, the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), to set up a civilian-led transitional government following Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's ouster on 18 August.

    Senior junta officials led by Colonel Assimi Goita have been reaching out to various key personalities in an effort to boost their credibility, support their base and improve their public image.

    Col Goita met two former Presidents, Dioncounda Traore and Amadou Toumani Toure, who have a history of leading transitions, and the influential High Islamic Council of Mali.

    The 5 June Movement - Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP), which galvanised the nation into pressing Mr Keïta to leave, has reiterated its call for "a civilian political transition, led by a civilian!".

    Meanwhile, a team of experts on Wednesday submitted its work, a roadmap and a charter, to the junta. The two documents will be the basis for this week's consultations.

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  4. Mali coup leaders 'want power for three years'

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Malian soldiers
    Image caption: The coup led to the overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, 75

    West African mediators say the leaders of last week's coup in Mali want to stay in power for a three-year transition period.

    But the Ecowas team say they told the coup leaders that an interim government - headed by a civilian or retired military officer - should last for a year at the most.

    The mediation team was led by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

    It is not yet clear if the issuing of sanctions and suspensions will have any impact on the coup leaders who initially said they were not interested in power.

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  5. Mali faces more isolation over coup

    Chi Chi Izundu

    BBC News

    Col Ismaël Wagué
    Image caption: Col Ismaël Wagué (pictured) has made most of the announcements on behalf of the military

    The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) has suspended Mali from its membership, the latest body to take action following last week's overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's government by the military.

    The decision, by the body that represents countries where people speak French, comes days after the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) - which also suspended Mali from its membership - held unsuccessful talks with the military junta over a return to democratic rule.

    The coup leaders have said they were not interested in holding power and would hold fresh elections within a "reasonable time".

    A demand by African heads of state to reinstate former President Keïta is now off the table after he withdrew interest to return as leader.

    The OIF has said it will send its own delegation to Mali in a matter of days.

  6. Ousted Malian president meets West African envoy

    BBC World Service

    A delegation from the West African regional bloc Ecowas has visited Mali days after a coup.

    The team, led by Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan, held talks with the new military leaders, and also met ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

    "We saw him, he's very fine," Mr Jonathan is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

    He added that the negotiations with the military were going well and he was "very hopeful", AFP reports.

    Ecowas has called repeatedly for Mr Keïta to be reinstated, but thousands of Malians took to the streets of the capital, Bamako, on Friday to show their support for the coup.

    There have been months of opposition protests demanding that Mr Keïta resign, blaming him for economic decline, corruption and a failure to contain a jihadist insurgency.

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    Video caption: Mali: Five factors that made the coup more likely
  7. Mali protesters celebrate military coup

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Protesters in Mali
    Image caption: A man holds a banner against the UN force and Barkhane, a French-led operation against Islamist groups

    Opposition supporters have held a rally in the Malian capital, Bamako, to celebrate the military overthrow on Tuesday of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

    Some carried placards criticising the regional bloc Ecowas, which has condemned the coup.

    The group is sending a delegation to Mali on Saturday, led by Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    The US has suspended all military co-operation with Mali until the political situation is clarified.

    France said on Thursday that it would continue operations in the country aimed at clearing it of jihadists who are intensifying violence across the Sahel.

    Protester in Mali
    protester in Mali
  8. Mali finance minister released by military junta

    Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff and military junta spokesperson Ismael Wague with other officers
    Image caption: The military junta announced that borders would be reopened on Friday

    Mali's Finance Minister Abdoulaye Daffe and another top official have been released by the military junta that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

    The minister was among those detained after the military coup on Tuesday.

    Sabane Mahalmoudou, who worked for the president was among those arrested, and has been released alongside Mr Daffe.

    The military junta announced that land and air borders would be reopened on Friday.

    They also said they are in contact with opposition groups about starting the process of appointing a transitional president.

    West African leaders have continued to call for President Keïta to be reinstated immediately.

  9. Mali: 'We want a new, just system'

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    Video caption: Mali opposition group rejects criticism of military's overthrow of controversial president

    Mali opposition group rejects criticism of military's overthrow of controversial president.

  10. Mali coup leaders order borders to be reopened

    BBC World Service

    Malians cheer the military and police as they drive through the streets of Bamako, a day after the military seized the Presidency in Bamako, Mali, 19 August 2020.
    Image caption: The soldiers have promised fresh elections will be held in "reasonable time"

    The army officers that seized control in Mali have announced that land and air borders will be reopened on Friday.

    The borders were closed after a coup this week.

    The coup leaders have also said they are in contact with opposition groups about starting the process of appointing a transitional president.

    West African leaders have continued to call for the ousted president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, to be reinstated immediately.

    The regional bloc Ecowas says it is sending envoys to Mali to ensure the return of constitutional order.

    The opposition has called for a rally on Friday in support of the coup.


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    Video caption: Mali: Five factors that made the coup more likely

    Five factors that made the coup against former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta more likely.