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Mali is facing growing isolation from global organizations following this month’s military coup.

The country is now being controlled by soldiers who have detained Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and forced him to resign as President.

The soldiers have also failed to reach a deal with mediation teams from the regional bloc, Ecowas as they demand to stay in power for three years.

Ecowas has already suspended Mali over the coup and has demanded the immediate reinstatement of President Keita.

President Keita has been detained since his government was toppled alongside other political leaders.

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The soldiers agreed to release him so he “will be able to return to his home” in Bamako.

“And if he wants to travel abroad for treatment, that is not a problem,” the Ecowas source told AFP.

Last Friday thousands of Malians poured onto the streets to celebrate the overthrow of President Keita.

The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) has now suspended Mali from its membership.

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It is the latest body that Mali belongs to that has taken action following the overthrow of Keïta’s government.

International Organisation of La Francophonie is a body that represents countries where people speak French.

On Wednesday the European Union also suspended its training missions in Mali, EU officials said.

Under the missions Mali’s army and police are trained as part of international efforts to stabilise the country.

The EU said the missions were designed to support “the legitimate national authorities,” and had to be suspended due to the coup.

The EU in 2014 sent experts to give advice and training to the internal security forces in Mali, the police, Gendarmerie and National Guard.

The EU training will continue in neighbouring Niger and Burkina Faso, countries that also have security issues.

 

Mali: Coup leaders hold talks with opposition, promise elections

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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