On 19 August, Channels TV reported that the West African countries grouping has condemned a military putsch in Mali and pledged a range of retaliatory actions, including financial sanctions.  The Economic Community for West African States said that its members would close land and air borders to Mali and pledged to demand sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.

On 19 August, the Center for Strategic and International Studies published an artcile saying that the Malian military has ejected the civilian government following 2 months of street protests, setting the stage for more turmoil in the restive Sahel region. Soldiers mutinied at the Kati military base outside the capital of Bamako and detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK), Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and a number of senior military officers and civilian cabinet officials.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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