Which Side Will Blink First in Mali’s Post-Coup Power Struggle?

Mali’s coup leaders, left of table, meet with a high-level delegation from the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS, in Bamako, Mali, Aug. 22, 2020 (AP photo).
Mali’s coup leaders, left of table, meet with a high-level delegation from the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS, in Bamako, Mali, Aug. 22, 2020 (AP photo).
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Following months of anti-government protests and calls for his resignation, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali was overthrown in a coup last month. Since then, the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, a regional bloc of 15 countries that includes Mali, has been pressuring the ruling military junta to quickly hand power back to a civilian government. But last weekend, the junta defied ECOWAS by releasing a plan that would allow a military leader to oversee an 18-month transitional period before elections are held. On the Trend Lines podcast this week, WPR’s Elliot Waldman was joined by Alex […]

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