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Africa Leaders: Mali Military Gov't Must Name President By September 15

France says it will continue to pursue its military operations against Islamic insurgency in Mali despite the military takeover in the country.

French armed forces minister, Florence Parly, said on Thursday, “the operation authorized by the united nations security council will continue.

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Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was ousted in an apparent coup on Tuesday and forced to resign his position after prolonged protests against his government on allegation of corruption and a disputed election. The opposition had demanded his resignation.

The coup has been condemned by international powers and regional organizations.

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The head of the Junta in Mali, army colonel Assimi Goita has asked citizens to resume their normal daily life from Thursday.

Leaders of west African countries regional bloc, ECOWAS, has discussed the Mali coup during a video conference and has announced Mali’s suspension from the bloc.  Its borders have also been sealed.

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ECOWAS is also considering imposing sanctions on those involved in Tuesday’s coup.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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