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ECOWAS leaders meet to discuss Mali crisis

by Kunle Awosiyan

West African leaders will meet on Thursday to discuss the military coup in Mali that ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the regional grouping ECOWAS said on Wednesday.

ECOWAS has strongly condemned the change of government in member state Mali.

ECOWAS had been mediating in the crisis before Tuesday’s coup.

Malian army officer Colonel Assimi Goita on Wednesday announced himself as the coup leader.

The African Union (AU) also on Wednesday suspended Mali a day after the coup.

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