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West African Envoys Meet Ousted Malian President, Military Junta

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ECOWAS Hints At Lifting Mali Sanctions

The ECOWAS delegation to Mali, led by Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan, says it was hopeful, after meeting with the country’s military Junta and ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Former president Jonathan said ousted president Keita, whom the delegation met in detention is doing relatively well. Jonathan said negotiations were going well with the junta that seized power last Tuesday.

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Regional leaders and foreign experts say Mali’s military coup has dealt another deep blow to the country where a brutal Islamist insurgency is rife.

The regional bloc has called for Keita’s reinstatement.  And visiting leaders say the reason for their visit was to work for the immediate return of constitutional order.

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ECOWAS commission chief, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, says he expects everything to be finalized today, Monday.

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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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Ethiopia Charges 2,000 Over Violence After Musician’s Murder

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Haacaaluu Hundeessaa

In Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 persons have been charged over deadly violence that followed the killing of a popular singer in June.

More than three months ago, at least 166 persons were killed when violent protests erupted following the murder of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, some in protests against authorities and some in ethnically-targeted attacks.

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Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the country’s attorney general, Gideon Timothewos said the arrested persons are being charged for their conduct that resulted in the death of hundreds of citizens.

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He did not give details on the charges or on whether any prisoners had been released without charge.

On June 29, Haacaaluu was shot dead while driving in the capital Addis Ababa. He was one of Ethiopia’s biggest musical stars and a powerful political voice, with many of his songs speaking out on behalf of his Oromo ethnic group and calling for more freedoms.

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