African Union lifts post-coup suspension of Mali

A soldier stands next to supporters of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People as they celebrate during a gathering on September 5, 2020, in Bamako.

Photo credit: Michele Cattani | AFP

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  • The decision comes three days after the West African regional bloc ECOWAS announced it was ending its tough post-coup sanctions on Mali, saying it wished to back the country's return to civilian rule.

The African Union on Friday lifted its suspension of Mali which went into effect after a military coup toppled the West African nation's government in August.

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