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Mali’s Neighbours Tell Junta To Transfer Power To Civilian Rule

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Niger president Mahamadou Issoufou,

Mali’s west African neighbours, ECOWAS member states, have once again asked the country’s military junta who took power in a coup thirteen days ago, to immediately return to civilian rule.  They also said the military leaders must hold elections within a year.

In a virtual summit held on Friday, the 15-nation regional group, ECOWAS, called for the “troops to return to their barracks” and for an election to be held in 12 months.

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Niger president Mahamadou Issoufou, who currently chairs ECOWAS, said the regional bloc is committed to lifting sanctions gradually in exchange as the coup leaders complied with its demands. ECOWAS had suspended Mali from its institutions, shut borders and halted financial flows with the country following the overthrow of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

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The soldiers have released Keïta, on Thursay as one of ECOWAS’ demands when envoys met with the military junta last week.

The junta – known as the national committee for the people’s salvation – has talked about a transition lasting up to two years.

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ECOWAS also called for the quick establishment of a government that will tackle Mali’s various challenges and, in particular, prepare for legislative and presidential elections within 12 months.

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South Africa To Reopen International Travel

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South Africa To Reopen International Flight

South Africa says it will reopen its borders to international travel next month.  President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country has seen a significant drop in daily new coronavirus infections.

South Africa is the worst hit nation on the continent with more than six hundred sixty-five thousand confirmed COVID-19 cases. The virus also claimed more than 16,000 lives in the country. So far, more than 4 million coronavirus tests have been conducted.

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Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said travellers must present a 72-hours certification of covid-19 negative result.

Authorities say airports in Johannesburg and Cape Town are the only other two airports that will be open to let locals travel abroad and receive foreign visitors from countries deemed non-high-risk.

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South Africa: Ramaphosa Backs Removal Of Statues ‘Glorifying Racism’

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SA Leader Backs Removal Of Statues 'Glorifying Racism'

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has given a nod to the removal of statues that glorify the country’s apartheid past. Ramaphosa said “any symbol, monument or activity that glorifies racism, or represents ugly past, has no place in democratic South Africa.

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The campaign to remove statues of historical apartheid figures has been growing in the country, gaining support mainly from blacks.

The South African president said in a virtual address on Thursday “monuments glorifying divisive past should be re-positioned and relocated.  He made the remark as the country marked heritage day, an annual public holiday, to celebrate the country’s diverse cultures.

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Ramaphosa said removal of the statues should not be taken as erasing history, but as a way of “being sensitive to the lived experiences of the country’s people. He said the objective is to build a united nation.

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Mali’s Interim President To Be Sworn Into Office

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Mali’s Interim President To Be Sworn Into Office

Mali’s new interim president Bah Ndaw is due to be sworn into office today.  The former defence minister was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held.

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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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