Ex-PM Ouane free to travel abroad again
Mali's former prime minister Moctar Ouane has regained some freedom after being placed under surveillance by the junta led by Colonel Assimi Goïta. He still refrains from commenting on Malian politics.
The former presidential party Rassemblement Pour le Mali is starting to lose its top people, with ex-parliamentary speaker Moussa Timbiné the latest to go. With elections on the horizon, some of its leaders are secretly negotiating with the ruling junta.
In its efforts to gain sway in the Sahel, Russia is increasingly forging links with Burkina Faso's political and civil society circles. In so doing, it enjoys the unprecedented support of Wahhabist organisations. So far, the government has turned down Wagner's advances.
Discreetly but insistently, France is working with its Western and African partners to prevent the junta going into partnership with Russian paramilitary group Wagner. Meanwhile, ECOWAS, egged on by Macron, is considering slapping sanctions on Mali's new leaders.
The regional organisation will hold a closed meeting over the next few days to discuss the situation in Mali after the interim vice president Assimi Goita forced the transitional president, Bah N'Daw, from power. Backstage, discussions between west African leaders have already begun.