Entries in President Amadou Toumani Toure (2)


ECOWAS Threatens Sanctions against Mali if Coup Persists

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BAMAKO, Mali) -- After an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delegation was turned away from Mali by coup supporters on Thursday, the western bloc organization warned against sanctions on the nation.

Capt. Amadou Sanogo seized power of the West African nation on March 21 in protest against lack of equipment and weapons for soldiers to fight Tuareg rebels in the north of the country.

The ECOWAS delegates included Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara – also leader of ECOWAS; Benin President Boni Yayi; Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Burkina Faso President Blaise Campaore and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou.

Sanogo responded to the 72-hour sanction deadline threat on Friday by reiterating his plans to hold elections soon though he did not specify a date. The regional bloc says it will close Mali’s borders and freeze their bank accounts if power is not returned to civilians. Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure is reportedly safe though his location is unknown.

ECOWAS will meet a junta delegation on Saturday in neighboring Burkina Faso, reports BBC News.

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Mali Coup Leader Has No Intention to Stay in Power

Thinkstock(BAMAKO, Mali) -- The leader of the Malian coup says his primary intention is for the army to secure the country.

Low ranking members of the army staged a military coup on Wednesday after a senior government official was visiting them.  Capt. Amadou Sanogo , the leader of the mutineers, says he does not intend to stay in power but wants secure the country as the army has been fighting Tuareg rebels in the north of the country, reports BBC News.

The soldier says they are ill-equipped to fight the rebels who have apparently been receiving armaments from former Malian combatants who fought in Libya last year.

"We are not here to confiscate any power but we are here to have an army and security forces available to assume the national security," Capt. Sanogo.

President Amadou Toumani Toure is apparently safe and in hiding.

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