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Seen on national broadcaster ORTM TV, Col. Assimi Goita, one of the soldiers identifying themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, sits with others during a televised broadcast on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Bamako, Mali. The head of Mali's military junta Col. Assimi Goita said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy more than a month after a coup d'etat, with Maj. Col. Bah N'Daw named as president of the transitional government. (ORTM TV via AP)

Mali's junta leader to be veep of transitional government

Sep. 21, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of Mali’s military junta said Monday he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy, more than a month after he led a coup to overthrow the president. The move announced by Col. Assimi Goita himself...

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, as they demonstrate to show support for the junta in the capital Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Placard at left in French reads

West African leaders ease election deadlines for Mali junta

Sep. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ABURI, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders on Tuesday appeared to give in to the military junta's timeline for holding new elections in Mali, signaling that they would now accept an 18-month delay after earlier saying that democracy had to be restored to Mali within a year. The announcement came as the...

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, as they demonstrate to show support for the junta in the capital Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Placard at left in French reads

Mali opposition opposes junta proposal on transition period

Sep. 13, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Divisions deepened between Mali's military coup leaders and the country's political opposition movement on Sunday after the ruling junta announced a plan that would allow a military leader to oversee an 18-month transitional period. While the two sides initially were united in wanting...

Delegates attend a conference to discuss a transition to a civilian government in Bamako, Mali, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to a civilian government and, ultimately, elections. (AP Photo)

Mali junta agrees to 18-month transition government

Sep. 12, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s military junta, which staged a coup last month, agreed Saturday to an 18-month transition government led by a military or civilian leader that would pave the way to elections. Three days of consultations with leaders of political and civil society groups laid out a...

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, outside a conference in Bamako, Mali, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to a civilian government and, ultimately, elections. (AP Photo)

Leaders in Mali meet with junta for conference on transition

Sep. 10, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to a civilian government and, ultimately, elections. The three-day conference beginning Thursday comes after...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Mali's then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a group photograph during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup in August, was hospitalized late Tuesday, Sept. 1, at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old's health after being detained for 10 days by the junta now in power. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP, File)

W. Africa bloc presses Mali junta to hand power to civilians

Sep. 7, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — West African leaders warned Mali's military junta on Monday they must designate civilian heads of state by next week to chart a path back to democracy or the country will face further sanctions from the regional bloc. The latest talks on the Mali crisis came after the 15-nation...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Mali's then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a group photograph during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup in August, was hospitalized late Tuesday, Sept. 1, at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old's health after being detained for 10 days by the junta now in power. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Deposed president evacuated from Mali for medical treatment

Sep. 5, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted by a military coup in August, was evacuated late Saturday to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, a diplomat said. The 75-year-old’s health has been in question since he was hospitalized following his detention for 10...

At least 10 Malian soldiers killed in attack near Mauritania

Sep. 4, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least 10 Malian soldiers have been killed in a night-time attack by Islamic extremists in the country’s west near its border with Mauritania, the Malian army said Friday. It was the largest attack on the military since it staged a coup d’etat on Aug. 18. The Malian...

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup last month, has been hospitalized

Sep. 1, 2020 6:40 PM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup last month, has been hospitalized.
People attend a prayer service led by Mahmoud Dicko, an imam who helped lead the opposition protests, for those who died or were injured during the protests, in Bamako, Mali Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. West African leaders on Friday urged Mali's junta to take no more than one year to hand over power to a civilian government, as regional heads of state held another virtual summit after initial negotiations with the military coup leaders failed. (AP Photo/Arouna Sissoko)

France: Mali junta's timeline 'out of the question'

Aug. 30, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's defense minister is pressing Mali's military junta to return the country to civilian rule within months, saying Sunday that the three-year timeline proposed by the coup leaders is “out of the question.” The comments came hours after the junta hastily met with...