ECOWAS envoys reach agreement with Mali coup leaders

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Envoys from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a west African regional bloc made up of fifteen member countries, and leaders of Mali’s military junta, have reached an agreement on several points, after a day of negotiations aimed at returning the country to civilian rule.

“We have been able to agree on a number of points but not yet on all the discussions,” said former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan who is leading the mediators.

Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted a source in the ECOWAS delegation as saying that the military leaders have proposed a military-led transitional body to rule for three years with a mandate to review the foundations of the Malian state.

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The report added that the junta has also agreed to release ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

On Friday, thousands of Malians took to the streets of the capital Bamako to show their support for the coup.

ECOWAS and the African Union have called for the release of President Keïta and the return of constitutional rule in Mali.

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  1. Why are you Simon Ateba and your team silent on the plight of southern Kaduna peoples and other Christians in Northern Nigeria. The sooner you start, together with amnesty international reporting these baseless genocides going on in Nigeria the better for everyone.

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