ECOWAS strips status from Mali Coup Leader Capt. Sanogo
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ECOWAS strips status from Mali Coup Leader Capt. Sanogo

Ouagadougou : Burkina Faso | Jul 09, 2012 at 8:20 AM PDT
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Amadou Sanogo, the captain who led a coup in Mali

The Economic Community of West African States has stripped Capt. Sanogo who led the recent coup in March of this year of his status as former head of state.. Sanogo has handed power to an interim government but continues to have influence within it.
As part of the deal to give up power U.S. trained Sanogo was named former head of state and provided a salary of close to 9,000 dollars a month. ECOWAS refused to recognize the coup and hence is being consistent in not recognizing Sanogo as former head of State. It is unclear if the move by ECOWAS will have much effect. After all it is the Malian government that gave Sanogo the title and salary.
ECOWAS is becoming impatient with the transitional government. At a conference in Burkina Faso Saturday the group demanded that a unity government be formed by July 31 or the group would withdraw recognition from the government. ECOWAS has been asking for a UN mandate to send forces to retake territory in Northern Mali. For more see this article and alsohere.

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