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US News: Mali: West African states announce a blockade of the country to force the military junta to organize elections

Sudan: the resignation of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok ends a political hypocrisy

 Sudan: the resignation of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok ends a political hypocrisy dismissed and returned to power by the military, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok throws the sponge, making the airmail from the army to Khartoum who did not No need for screen. © Provided by FranceInfo Received from its functions on October 25 by General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, put in saddle a month later by the same general, Abdallah Hamdok rose from the rank of hope to that of traitor. This Sunday, January 2, while Hamdok was going to announce his resignation, the people were again in Street.

the military, authors of two courses in 2020 and 2021, say not to be able to organize the ballot planned in February, supposed to make power to civilians.

  Mali : les états d'Afrique de l'Ouest annoncent un blocus du pays pour forcer la junte militaire à organiser des élections © Provided by FranceInfo

The pressure rises on the military junta that directs Mali. The Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (Cédéao), many of which are neighbors in the country, announced the closure of their borders with Mali, with the exception of basic necessities . They sanction the refusal of the Malian military to organize elections to bring power to civilians in February.

According to the Release Release at the end of this CLOS summit, in Accra (Ghana), the members of the Cédéao also decided to cut financial aid and to freeze the assets of Mali at the Central Bank of the States West Africa. They will remind their ambassadors in Mali.

Mali: policies and associations meet to denounce the duration of the transition

 Mali: policies and associations meet to denounce the duration of the transition © Photothek via Getty Images - Thomas Imo A view from Bamako, May 2, 2016. (Illustration) This Wednesday, January 5th, several political actors and associations Have gathered in Bamako at the Parena headquarters to denounce the chronogram proposed by the authorities, which provides for a 5-year extension of the transition.

soldiers took power in Mali by a first putsch in August 2020. After the first penalties of Cedao, they had committed to organize elections and transfer of power to civilians 18 months later, in February 2022. Since then, a second putsch, in May 2021, has reinforced their power, and Colonel Assimi Goïta has been inducted as president of the "transition".

The junta today says not to be able to organize presidential and legislative elections on the planned date, because of the insecurity and the need for reforms supposed to avoid the challenge of results. She asks up to five years of transition.

The Burmese case continues to divide the ASEAN .
© AP Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the ASEAN Summit on October 28, 2021 in Brunei. On Tuesday, January 18, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN should have gone together, to discuss the Burmese political crisis. But Cambodia, who is at the head of the rotating presidency of this South-East Asian organization, canceled the event by evoking the impossible displacement of certain ministers because of COVID. This is at least the official reason.

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