Posts tagged military coup
Posts tagged military coup
The first wave of a West African peacekeeping force has landed in Guinea-Bissau to help bring stability after last month’s coup.
Some 70 soldiers from Burkina Faso are part of a planned deployment by regional bloc Ecowas.
A total of about 600 troops is expected over the coming days, according to an Ecowas statement.
Guinea-Bissau was just weeks away from holding a presidential run-off vote when a military junta took over.
Mali junta claims control of Bamako after fighting
Mali’s coup leaders have said they are in control of the situation in Bamako, after hours of fighting in the capital.
In a message on TV, they said they held the state broadcasting building, the airport and army barracks after a counter-coup attempt by loyalists of ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure.
However, reports say heavy gunfire continued in the city. Several people are believed to have been killed.
The junta handed power to an interim government after the March coup.
But the junta - led by Cpt Amadou Sanago - is still thought to wield considerable influence in the West African country.
Pictured: Local journalist Martin Vogl reporting from Bamako said clashes continued late into the night
ECOWAS troops for Guinea-Bissau and Mali
Regional body to send troops to both West African states to help swiftly reinstate civilian rule after coups
West African leaders will send troops to Mali and Guinea-Bissau to help both countries to return to civilian rule after military coups, and have threatened sanctions if junta leaders attempt to hold on to power.
The Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, said in a statement after an emergency summit on Thursday that it would be sending troops to Mali to support the transitional government’s fight against rebels that control the country’s north.
“The heads of state and of government decided to take all the necessary measures in order to assist Mali in the re-establishment of its unity and of its territorial integrity,” the statement, released after the meeting in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, said.
Between 500 and 600 troops will also be sent immediately to Guinea-Bissau, it said.
Mutinying soldiers in Mali overthrew the government on March 22, while the army of Guinea-Bissau seized power and derailed presidential elections during a coup on April 12.
Paul Koffi Koffi, Ivory Coast’s deputy defence minister, told Associated Press news agency said that the West African regional bloc would be sending “at least 3,000 troops to Mali”.
The junta in Mali has already handed over power to an interim civilian government under the presidency of Dioncounda Traore as part of a deal brokered by ECOWAS.
Traore faces the twin challenges of holding elections and asserting control over northern parts of the country that are now controlled by Tuareg separatists.
The Tuareg fighters have declared independence in the region they refer to as Azawad. Their armed uprising to take control of that area involved an alliance with armed groups who are also calling for the imposition of Islamic law in the area.
Pictured: Dioncounda Traore, Mali’s interim president, will receive support to fight Tuareg rebels [AFP]
Guinea-Bissau military leaders, political parties announce transitional council
(CNN) — Military leaders and a group of political parties in Guinea-Bissau have announced the formation of a Transitional National Council after a recent coup plunged the African country into deeper chaos.
The announcement came after a group of 22 mostly opposition political parties met with the military command on Sunday. The composition of the transitional council will be determined following another meeting Monday, TNC spokesman Fernando Vaz said.
The president of the council will be the interim president of the country until parliamentary and presidential elections are held, Vaz said.
The formation of the TNC effectively means that the Constitution will be suspended — a scenario similar to events in 2003, after a coup against then-President Kumba Iala.
And pending approval by the group on Monday, the council “will dissolve all institutions, including the national parliament,” the spokesman said.
Also on Monday, members of the TNC’s “diplomatic commission” will meet a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional bloc — the first meeting between the junta and an international group.
In a statement released Monday, ECOWAS stressed its “zero tolerance for power obtained by unconstitutional means.”
“The delegation will reaffirm ECOWAS’ rejection of the coup, which has been widely condemned by the international community … and impress on the junta to restore constitutional rule immediately,” the group said.
Guinea-Bissau is a member state of ECOWAS.
Pictured: Residents walk past parliament in Bissau last month. Military forces are in the streets of the capital Friday
‘Attempted coup’ in Guinea-Bissau
Regional bloc condemns “coup attempt” after soldiers take control of capital’s central district and key buildings.
The regional bloc of West African states has condemned what it called an attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau amid reports of soldiers seizing control of a central area of the country’s capital.
Witnesses and diplomats in Bissau described explosions and heavy arms fires in Bissau late on Thursday night, with the home of Carlos Gomes Junior, the outgoing prime minister and presidential hopeful in runoff elections scheduled for later this month, coming under attack.
“It was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and we were forced to retreat,” said a police officer who had guarded Gomes’ residence.
A diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press news agency that the whereabouts of Gomes and Raimundo Pereira, the country’s interim president, were unknown.
An AFP correspondent reported that the military had also taken control of the ruling party headquarters and national radio station, with rocket fire and shots also being heard.
“We have received some difficult information from Guinea-Bissau, and this information indicates to us that there is a coup underway,” Daniel Kablan Duncan, Ivory Coast’s foreign minister, told reporters after a meeting of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Ivorian capital Abidjan.
“ECOWAS formally and rigorously condemns such an attempted coup d’etat,” he added.
Mali’s president, who was ousted from power in a military coup last month, has officially resigned, paving the way for a deal that would also see the two-week-old military junta stepping down in return for the end of trade and diplomatic sanctions.
“I think that my duty today, as it was 22 years ago, is to help Mali,” President Amadou Toumani Toure said on Sunday from one of the hiding places in the capital where he had been holed up since last month’s coup.
“I therefore believe that it is very normal, and I do it without pressure and in good faith. In particular, out of love for my country, I have decided to hand in my letter of resignation, which I will hand in to the relevant authorities to allow the smooth transition.”
Toure penned his resignation letter and in the presence of reporters handed it to an emissary to deliver to the country’s new leaders.
Djibril Bassole, Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, and a leading ECOWAS mediator, confirmed the resignation, saying: “We will now contact the competent authorities so that the vacancy of the presidency would be established and so that they take the appropriate measures.”
Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from the capital Bamako, said the resignation should pave the way for the formation of an interim government.
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, army officer Amadou Sanogo, defended the coup he led, saying the president he deposed had failed the country.
Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Bamako.
African Union officials said they had suspended Mali and would send a mission to the West African nation to assess the situation after a group of mutinous soldiers seized power.
Jean Ping, the AU’s chairman, told a delegation that met in Ethiopia’s capital on Friday for an emergency peace and security meeting that a mission would deploy to Bamako later the same day.
Ping did not immediately give any details about the mission, but said Mali was going through a “very serious crisis” and that the coup was a big setback for the country and for all democratic efforts across Africa.
Ping’s spokesman Noureddine Mezni said that according to AU rules, Mali would be temporarily suspended as a member of the continent-wide body.
Mali coup: World condemns mutineers
There has been widespread condemnation of Mali’s troops, after they ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure.
The UN Security Council called for the “immediate restoration of constitutional rule and the democratically elected government”.
The World Bank and African Development Bank said they were suspending all aid until the crisis is resolved.
The coup leaders went on state TV to say they had closed the borders. They added that the president was safe.
A government official told the BBC that President Amadou Toumani Toure was not in the custody of mutineers.
Meanwhile, soldiers looted the presidential palace in the capital Bamako, following the coup.
In a separate development, Kenya’s Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula and his delegation are stranded in the country, as Bamako’s airport is closed.
They were attending an African Union meeting on peace and security.
Pictured: The soldiers read a statement in front of TV cameras