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Malians demonstrate against regional sanctions

Malians demonstrate against regional sanctions

TIEMOKO DIALLO and PAUL LORGERIE THOUSANDS of people demonstrated in the Malian capital Bamako against sanctions imposed by neighbouring countries on the transitional military government for trying to extend its hold on power. People poured into Independence Square, holding up signs saying "Down with ECOWAS" and "Down with France", to protest restrictions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States and backed by former colonial master France. A military junta seized power in a 2020 coup and initially agreed to hold elections this February. It has since backtracked and recently proposed a new date of December 2025. The move…
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Chadian police fire tear gas at protesters

Chadian police fire tear gas at protesters

CHADIAN security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters who took to the streets of the capital N'Djamena yesterday to protest against a military takeover that followed the death of President Idriss Deby on the battlefield last month. On Friday the transitional military government, led by Deby's son Mahamat Idriss Itno, had banned the protest called by a coalition of some opposition parties and civil society groups. A strong ally of Western nations in the fight against Islamist militants in western and central Africa, Chad has seen heightened political tensions since Deby's death. Although the military has promised to organise…
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