West African leaders demand Mali junta appoint civilian leaders Sep 17, 2020 0 988 12345 DPAAccraWest African leaders have demanded that Mali “immediately” appoint civilians to the roles of interim president and prime minister after the military took power during a recent coup.The nomination of “these two key personalities will be done immediately,” the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) urged in a statement late on Tuesday, at the end of a one-day mini-summit held in Ghana’s capital Accra.Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, who leads the mediation on behalf of ECOWAS, will fly to Mali for a week to oversee the implementation of a transitional government, the statement read.ECOWAS’ demands come after the junta, which calls itself the National Committee for the People’s Salvation (CNSP), on Saturday announced a road map stating that the transitional president and vice president are to be selected by a special council set up by the military junta. The road map was a day later rejected by the opposition coalition M5-RFP movement that was key in mobilising demonstrations that led to the coup.The M5-RFP described the document as a power grab by the ruling junta, saying it allowed for the possibility of the interim government being overseen by someone from the military until elections are held.The military junta overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s government on August 18 after months of anti-government protests, mainly led by the M5-RFP. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket fire clouds peace deal signing Sep 17, 2020 0 724 India’s COVID-19 cases top 5 million in ‘worse than sci-fi’ pandemic Sep 17, 2020 0 759 Yemen warring sides in ‘final’ talks on prisoner swap deal Sep 17, 2020 0 1184 Pompeo insists US to enforce ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran AFP Washington Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on Wednesday the United States will enforce new “UN” sanctions on Iran starting next week, despite overwhelming consensus that Washington is out of bounds. “The .. Iranian president slams Gulf states for normalising ties with Israel TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has strongly criticised Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for normalising ties with Israel. “Where is your Arabism, where are your concerns about the [Israeli] crimes in .. Nepal welcomes first mountain climbers since onset of pandemic KATHMANDU: A special aircraft carrying 18 tourists from Bahrain landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Wednesday as Nepal welcomed its first team of climbers after a pandemic-induced hiatus of .. Three Pakistani journalists face treason charges for criticising ‘powerful military’ ISLAMABAD: Police in Pakistan have filed treason charges against three journalists known for their criticism of the country’s powerful military, in what rights activists described as a blatant attack on the freedom of .. Russia to sell 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to India NEW DELHI: Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and an Indian pharmaceutical company said on Wednesday they had agreed to distribute 100 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine in India. Deliveries of the Sputnik V ..