Mali’s Coup Sets Up a Clash Between Its Opposition and West African Leaders

Colonel-Major Ismael Wague, center, spokesman for the military junta that forced Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power, holds a press conference in Kati, Mali, Aug. 19, 2020 (AP photo).
Colonel-Major Ismael Wague, center, spokesman for the military junta that forced Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power, holds a press conference in Kati, Mali, Aug. 19, 2020 (AP photo).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was forced from power in a military coup Tuesday, upending the political situation in Mali and, with the country at the epicenter of a fight against a growing Islamist insurgency, raising alarms about regional security. The coup unfolded rapidly as mutinying soldiers seized weapons from a garrison outside the capital, Bamako, then descended on the city, capturing Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse. Within hours, Keita appeared on state television to dissolve the government and announce his resignation. […]

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