Lavrov defends Russia’s role in Sahel, confirms Wagner plans

Lavrov defends Russia’s role in Sahel, confirms Wagner plans

The Russian foreign ministry confirmed reports that Mali plans to hire contractors with the Wagner Group to fight extremism in the Sahel, but insisted again that the private company is not operating under Moscow’s control. The remarks from Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov followed questions about the presence of Wagner…

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Officials in Mali say an attempted attack on interim leader Assimi Goïta on Tuesday was unsuccessful, and that they’re investigating the incident. Goïta was at the Grand Mosque in Bamako when an assailant with a knife approached him, according to an Agence France-Presse journalist who witnessed the attack. Mali’s transitional president…

African Union, ECOWAS suspend Mali over coup

The African Union has suspended Mali’s membership following the second coup in the Sahel nation within the past year. The AU said it “totally rejects coups d’état and unconstitutional changes of government,” in a communique issued late Tuesday by the Peace and Security Council. The statement also called on the…

Report: Mali’s Bah N’Daw resigns during ECOWAS meeting

Transitional president Bah N’Daw has resigned, according to Malian news sources. The resignation was presented to Assimi Goïta, the transitional vice president, during an emergency meeting with former Nigerian president Jonathan Goodluck and his delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Bah N’Daw has reportedly dissolved his…

Big Tobacco ploughing crooked furrow in African markets

Note: This article was updated on March 26, 2021 to include comments from Apollinaire Compaoré. Two troubling recent investigations from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have shone a fresh spotlight on the tobacco industry’s continued complicity in tobacco smuggling in Africa. The first highlighted how Philip Morris…

On heels of Sahel summit, another 35 die in Chad

Another 35 people have died in Chad following clashes in Salamat Province in the southeastern part of the country, a development that follows on this week’s regional security summit among the five Sahel nations and France. The communal fighting between farmers and herders began with an attack at a roadblock,…

France mourns 3 soldiers killed in Mali

France has announced the death of three soldiers serving with Operation Barkhane in Mali. Fighter 1st Class Dorian Issakhanian, left, along with Brigadier chief Tanerii Mauri and Fighter 1st Class Quentin Pauchet were identified after they were killed in a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) incident. The three served with…

ECOWAS to act on Keïta but Mali opposition rejects interference

The Economic Community of West African States plans to send another delegation to Mali to address the ongoing coup, but both the new military leadership and main political opposition oppose their intervention. That’s according to reports that the Mouvement du 5 Juin-Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques (M5-RFP) leaders are now aligned…

Keïta resigns amid global appeals for calm in Mali

All eyes are on Mali as President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta announced his resignation late Tuesday, following a tense day that saw a faction of its military rebel and place the president and top officials in detention. The unfolding events are prompting the global community to appeal for calm. “I strongly…

Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS national unity proposal

The Malian opposition continued to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Tuesday, rejecting a national unity plan and related measures proposed following an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit meeting on Mali. The Mouvement du 5 Juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques, led by Mahmoud…