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Mali under embargo: Why is regional bloc coming down hard on junta?

FRANCE24, 12 Jan 2022
Why are Mali's neighbors coming down hard? A harsh embargo decided after coup leaders in that landlocked West African state reneged on their promise of a quick return to civilian rule. How harsh? We ask border closures and trade embargoes. It is not as if the region's never seen a putsch before. Look no further than neighboring Guinea. 

But a coup within a coup in Bamako and the breaking of electoral promises has put the junta in the dog house of regional body Ecowas. We discuss the reaction of Colonel Assimi Goita who blames the unseen hand of foreign powers, which everyone presumes to mean France, the former colonial power which still has 48-hundred troops deployed in the battle against jihadist insurgents in the north. 

Supporters of the junta say it is all sour grapes by French authorities  dead against a growing Russian presence that includes the mercenaries of Wagner. But Africans also have peacekeepers deployed to Mali. They're also not thrilled at the prospect of crossing paths with the Russians.

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