Mali strongman frees political and military figures

Assimi Goita, president of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) in Mali.

Photo credit: Nipah Dennis | AFP

What you need to know:

  • West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Tuesday lifted its tough sanctions on Mali after recording "notable advances towards constitutional normalisation".
  • The 15-nation group called for the civilian and military figures detained during the bloodless coup to be freed.

A dozen political and military figures arrested during Mali's coup have been released, including former prime minister Boubou Cisse, the transition authorities announced.

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