Amadou Toumani Touré http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31442/all en First EU military trainers arrive in Mali: French army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/first-eu-military-trainers-arrive-mali-french-army <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The first group of 70 EU military instructors, deployed to train Mali's deeply divided and underfunded army to take on Islamist rebels, arrived Friday in the capital, a French officer said.</p> <p>"We are here to enable the Malian army to hold all the nation's territory and so that Mali can have a good army at its disposal, prepared to engage," said Colonel Bruno Heluin, the commander of the first group of what will ultimately be 500 European trainers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/first-eu-military-trainers-arrive-mali-french-army" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré European Union Government Mopti AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:00:54 +0000 5750247 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ One dead in army clashes in Mali: military source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/urgent-one-dead-army-clashes-mali-military-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One person was killed and six others wounded when Malian troops clashed with members of an elite unit loyal to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure in the capital Bamako on Friday, an officer told AFP.</p> <p>"We have one dead and a half-dozen wounded," the officer said on condition of anonymity, after troops and paramilitary police exchanged gunfire with members of the "Red Berets", an elite unit of paratroopers loyal to the overthrown leader. A civilian living nearby said he had seen three dead, a young man and two women.</p> <p>str-cs/jhb/txw</p> Amadou Toumani Touré War AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:45:38 +0000 5750295 at http://www.globalpost.com Malian coup leader sidelined by French intervention http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/malian-coup-leader-sidelined-french-intervention <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Amadou Sanogo had vowed to "fight to the last breath" for Mali, but the army captain whose coup sped the nation's unravelling has sat silently to the side as French-led forces reclaim the north from Islamist rebels.</p> <p>Sanogo seemed to emerge from nowhere on March 22, 2012, when he led a group of mid-level officers in overthrowing then-president Amadou Toumani Toure, accusing him of letting northern separatist rebels humiliate the Malian army.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/malian-coup-leader-sidelined-french-intervention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Sanogo Amadou Toumani Touré Government Mopti War AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 15:47:06 +0000 5751059 at http://www.globalpost.com Malian coup leader sworn in as head of army reform committee http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/malian-coup-leader-sworn-head-army-reform-committee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The leader of a March coup that ousted Mali's government, exacerbating a crisis in which Islamist rebels went on to seize over half the country, was sworn in Wednesday as head of a military reform committee.</p> <p>Captain Amadou Sanogo was sworn in to the new post, created for him as an incentive to accept a transitional government tasked with steering the country to elections, by interim president Dioncounda Traore in a ceremony at the presidency.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/malian-coup-leader-sworn-head-army-reform-committee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Government Mopti War AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:30:52 +0000 5754865 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali election timeline 'can be changed': minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/mali-election-timeline-can-be-changed-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The minister responsible for organising elections meant to haul Mali out of crisis said Friday the timeline can be changed, after interim president Dioncounda Traore raised eyebrows by promising a vote by July 31.</p> <p>Mali is struggling to claw its way out of a crisis unleashed by a March 22 coup that ousted democratically elected president Amadou Toumani Toure, creating a power vacuum that Islamist rebels exploited to seize the north of the country.</p> <p>A French-led military operation launched on January 11 has pushed the rebels from the towns they controlled.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/mali-election-timeline-can-be-changed-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Government Mopti War AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:16:01 +0000 5757067 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali to hold presidential vote in July: PM office http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/mali-hold-presidential-vote-july-pm-office <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The presidential election meant to haul Mali out of crisis will take place in July, the prime minister's chief of staff said Friday, without giving a precise date. </p> <p>"Measures have been taken to respect the deadline," Boubacar Sow, chief of staff for Prime Minister Diango Cissoko, told AFP, a month after interim president Dioncounda Traore promised a vote by July 31.</p> <p>"The security situation on the ground, a return to government in the north and of refugees and displaced residents are the prerequisites for which we are trying to find quick solutions," Sow said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/mali-hold-presidential-vote-july-pm-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Dioncounda Traoré Government War AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 22:00:52 +0000 5771401 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali media to strike over journalist's arrest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/mali-media-strike-over-journalists-arrest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mali's media announced on Monday the launch of a nationwide strike to protest against the arrest of a reporter by the war-torn country's intelligence services.</p> <p>The journalists agreed at their general assembly to shut down until the release of Boukary Daou, the editor of the Republican daily newspaper who was detained last week in the capital Bamako, they said.</p> <p>"We decided at the end of our meeting not to publish and not to broadcast over the airwaves until the release of our detained colleague," said Sambi Toure, publisher of Bamako's Info Matin newspaper.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/mali-media-strike-over-journalists-arrest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Mali Mopti War AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:00:48 +0000 5779769 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali media to continue strike over journalist jailing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/mali-media-continue-strike-over-journalist-jailing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mali's media announced on Tuesday they would continue a boycott of government coverage in protest over the detention of a journalist who published a letter criticising the former military junta chief.</p> <p>Boukary Daou was remanded in custody Monday and charged with "incitement to disobedience" after publishing an open letter criticising the salary earned by Captain Amadou Sanogo, leader of a coup that ousted Mali's government last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/mali-media-continue-strike-over-journalist-jailing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Mali Mopti War AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:02:02 +0000 5788009 at http://www.globalpost.com France recalls Mali ambassador: diplomatic source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/france-recalls-mali-ambassador-diplomatic-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France has recalled its ambassador to Mali after he reportedly fell out with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, a diplomatic source in the west African nation told AFP on Thursday.</p> <p>Christian Rouyer, an outspoken advocate for the French military intervention to drive Islamist militants from northern Mali, had been in the role since 2011 but was said to be in disagreement with Fabius.</p> <p>"We have just learned that the French ambassador in Bamako was recalled by his country before the end of his mission," the source said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/france-recalls-mali-ambassador-diplomatic-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Mali Mopti War AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:16:21 +0000 5789752 at http://www.globalpost.com France appoints new envoy to conflict-torn Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/france-appoints-new-envoy-conflict-torn-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France on Thursday appointed a new ambassador to Mali, the foreign ministry said, amid a French-backed military intervention against Islamist rebels in the west African nation.</p> <p>Gilles Huberson will replace Christian Rouyer, foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said, adding that it was in the framework of a routine reshuffle of French diplomatic posts in Africa.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/france-appoints-new-envoy-conflict-torn-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Mali Mali Mopti AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:16:37 +0000 5789893 at http://www.globalpost.com Ex-diplomat to head Mali reconciliation commission http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/ex-diplomat-head-mali-reconciliation-commission <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mali's interim president on Saturday appointed a former government minister and retired ambassador to head a new commission tasked with fostering reconciliation in the conflict-torn west African nation.</p> <p>Interim leader Dioncounda Traore named Mohamed Salia Sokona to chair the recently created Dialogue and Reconciliation Commission (DRC).</p> <p>Sokona was armed forces minister from 1997 to 2000 and Mali's ambassador to Burkina Faso and Niger from 2000 to 2003, then to France until 2010.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/ex-diplomat-head-mali-reconciliation-commission" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Government Oumou Sangaré Social Issues War AFP Sun, 31 Mar 2013 02:01:34 +0000 5797886 at http://www.globalpost.com Judgement delayed on Malian journalist http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/judgement-delayed-malian-journalist <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Malian newspaper editor detained for nearly a month after publishing an open letter from disgruntled soldiers appeared before a magistrate on Monday who delayed judgement against him for a week.</p> <p>Boukary Daou was taken into custody on March 6 and charged with "incitement to disobedience" over the letter objecting to the salary earned by Captain Amadou Sanogo, leader of a coup that ousted Mali's government last year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/judgement-delayed-malian-journalist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Mali Mopti War AFP Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:16:44 +0000 5817453 at http://www.globalpost.com Judgement delayed on Malian journalist http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/judgement-delayed-malian-journalist-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Malian newspaper editor detained for nearly a month after publishing an open letter from disgruntled soldiers appeared Tuesday before a magistrate who delayed judgement against him for a week.</p> <p>Boukary Daou was taken into custody on March 6 and charged with "incitement to disobedience" over the letter objecting to the salary earned by Captain Amadou Sanogo, leader of a coup that ousted Mali's government last year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/judgement-delayed-malian-journalist-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Mali Mopti War AFP Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:31:50 +0000 5817463 at http://www.globalpost.com Court throws out case against Malian editor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/court-throws-out-case-against-malian-editor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Malian newspaper editor detained for nearly a month after publishing an open letter from disgruntled soldiers was freed Tuesday after the case was declared "null and void".</p> <p>Boukary Daou spent a month in jail after being arrested in March and charged with "incitement to disobedience" over the letter objecting to the salary earned by Captain Amadou Sanogo, leader of a coup that ousted Mali's government.</p> <p>Daou's lawyer Hamidou Diabate said the court "found that the case against my client was zero. So, no trial, no conviction -- my client is free."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/court-throws-out-case-against-malian-editor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Mali Republics War AFP Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:15:29 +0000 5828400 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali's coup leader rejects Benin asylum offer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130517/malis-coup-leader-rejects-benin-asylum-offer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Aides of Mali's former junta chief Captain Amadou Sanogo rejected an offer of asylum made on Friday by the west African nation of Benin.</p> <p>Benin's Foreign Minister Nassirou Arifari Bako said his country was extending its hand to Sanogo "in its search for peace and to assist in the democratisation process of that country".</p> <p>"We categorically reject the offer of exile. Why should he go into exile? It's out of the question. He will remain in Mali," said Makan Konate, president of Mali's Group of Patriots (COPO), a coalition of organisations supporting the former junta.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130517/malis-coup-leader-rejects-benin-asylum-offer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amadou Toumani Touré Mali Republics AFP Fri, 17 May 2013 21:45:39 +0000 5840587 at http://www.globalpost.com