Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the president who promised to rebuild Mali

To not miss any African news, subscribe to the newsletter of the World Africa from this link. Every Saturday at 6 a.m., find a week of news and debates covered by the editorial staff of the World Africa. Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in Paris on December 3, 2013. STÉPHANE LAVOUÉ / PASCO FOR … Read more

Mali: leave or stay, the still pending choice of France and Europeans against Wagner

A French army soldier, in an alley around Gao, Mali, on December 29, 2021. RAFAEL YAGHOBZADEH FOR “THE WORLD” Everyone agrees in Paris as in Brussels: the arrival of mercenaries from the private Russian company Wagner illustrates the ” flight forward “ of the junta in power in Mali since the coup d’etat of May … Read more

In Mali, blur around French and UN military flights after border closures

A French Army Airbus A400 M Atlas at the Gao base in Mali on December 5, 2021. THOMAS COEX / AFP The Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (Asecna), an organization for the management of air spaces in a large part of the continent, has reported to the Malian authorities … Read more

Mali: France, the United States and Algeria put pressure on the military junta for a rapid return of civilians to power

One of Bamako’s bus stations, usually crowded, empty after the border closure decreed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on January 11, 2022. FLORENT VERGNES / AFP France, the United States and Algeria added Tuesday, January 11 to the pressure exerted by West African states on the Malian junta to comply with … Read more

Mali: Colonel Assimi Goïta says he remains open to dialogue with ECOWAS after the sanctions

To not miss anything on African news, subscribe to the newsletter of World Africa from this link. Every Saturday at 6 a.m., find a week of current events and debates treated by the editorial staff of World Africa. Colonel Assimi Goïta, head of the Malian military junta, in Accra, Ghana, in September 2020. FRANCIS KOKOROKO … Read more

ECOWAS leaders place Mali under embargo to sanction junta’s retention in power

ECOWAS Heads of State and Government gathered for an extraordinary session in Accra, Ghana, January 9, 2022. IVORY COAST PRESIDENTIAL PRESS S / VIA REUTERS West African leaders meeting in Accra decided on Sunday January 9 to close the borders with Mali and put the country under embargo, heavily sanctioning the junta’s intention to take … Read more

Mali: the family of the French hostage Olivier Dubois denounces an “unbearable” silence

French journalist Olivier Dubois during a report in Nioro, Mali, September 14, 2020. MICHELE CATTANI / AFP Almost nine months after the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois by a jihadist group in Mali, the family of the only French hostage in the world posted a petition on Thursday evening, January 6, demanding his release. The … Read more

In Mali, Wagner mercenaries advance in the center of the country

There is no longer any doubt. Russian mercenaries affiliated with the private company Wagner are being deployed in Mali, and more particularly in the center of the country. While on Christmas Eve they were estimated at only forty individuals stationed on an air base backed by the airport of the capital, Bamako, their numbers now … Read more

Mali: a dozen parties reject the duration of the transition wanted by the government

Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop in Moscow on November 11, 2021. YURI KOCHETKOV / AFP On Sunday January 2, a dozen Malian political organizations rejected the duration of the five-year transition proposed the day before by the government to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop said on public … Read more

“With the irruption of Wagner in Mali, we are witnessing the appearance of a kind of Wild West in international relations”

Tribune. The irruption of the Russian private military company Wagner in countries in crisis, such as Mali, is only one of the avatars of a more general movement. In reality, we are witnessing the emergence of a kind of Wild West in international relations under the combined effect of two factors. The first is the … Read more

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