ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions on Mali After Interim Govt Appointed

Leaders in west Africa have lifted sanctions imposed on Mali after a military coup in August. The move by ECOWAS followed the naming of retired Colonel Bah Ndaw as interim president and former foreign minister Moctar Ouane as prime minister in a transitional government that is expected to rule for 18 months. In a 25-member government appointed on October 5, four key posts went to military officers. Women were named to four posts, and two positions were assigned to members of the M5 opposition coalition that led the protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

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A view of Bamako, Mali with the Niger River in the background.

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