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Mali: 24 candidates vying for presidential office

More than eight million Malians went to the polls Sunday to choose their president among 24 candidates, including outgoing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, and ballots counting started. After a campaign marred by violent incidents and amid concerns that the vote could not be held in some restive areas, more than […]

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Mali: killings could undermine July’s presidential election – UN

The UN human rights office on Tuesday said killings of almost 300 Malian civilians in fighting between rival militias this year, could threaten the outcome of the upcoming presidential polls in the war-stricken nation. Mali’s incumbent president Ibrahima Boubacar Keita, who took office in 2013 and opposition frontrunner Soumaila Cisse are expected to be the […]

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G5 Sahel: General Hanena Ould Sidi takes control

It’s official. Mauritania’s deputy chief of staff General Hanena Ould Sidi has been officially appointed to lead the combined five-nation “G5 Sahel” force. General Ould Sidi, a graduate of a Moroccan military school, has been appointed to replace General Didier Dacko who is G5 Sahel Joint Force Commander since 2017. General Didier Dacko has been […]

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West Africa-Sahel: signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security […]

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WAEMU: Economic activity remains strong

Economic activity remains strong in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) as countries of the regional bloc maintain their growth momentum. Forecasts predict a GDP growth of 6.8% for 2018, an improvement in compliance with the convergence criteria. Members of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, also known by its French acronym, UEMOA, […]

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Mali: militants target G5-sahel headquarters

Islamist militants armed with rockets and explosives raided the headquarters of an African military taskforce in central Mali last weekend killing at least six people and wounding several soldiers, according to Mali’s defence ministry. According to a spokesperson for the G5 force, — a regional force created last year to root out jihadists in West […]

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Malian ‘Spiderman’ made French citizen after rescuing child from Paris balcony

A young man from Mali is being praised as a hero in France after he scaled a four-storey building to save a child dangling from a balcony last weekend. Video of the rescue showed 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama climbing up the building in just seconds to rescue the child, to cheers from onlookers. French President Emmanuel […]

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Mali’s opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé launches presidential bid

Mali’s opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé was sworn in on Saturday as a candidate for the July 29 presidential election by thousands of his supporters in a stadium in capital Bamako. The former minister of finance who lost against the current president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in 2013, warned against fraud in upcoming polls. “Let us be […]

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G5 Sahel anti-militant force set to deploy – Niger’s Defense Minister

The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force is “ready” to take action, Nigerien Defense Minister Kalla Moutari said on Sunday. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in 2017 to set up the G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force. The regional force, which aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region, […]

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Mauritania pledges to supply electricity to Mali

Mauritania will supply electricity to Mali up to 40 to 50 megawatts. This decision is the major result of a short visit Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, paid to Nouakchott, on Monday. Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, Malian Prime Minister, led a large delegation of his government, made a visit of a few hours in Mauritania […]

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