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Mali Severs All Ties With France And Orders French Troops To Leave Immediately

Updated: Jan 29, 2022

Africa | Mali January 27, 2022

Government of Mali has announced that it has severed diplomatic, military, and economic ties with France with effect from January 24, 2022. That was reported by some media on January 26, 2022.

As such, the government there, led by President Assimi Goita (39), a former army Colonel who ousted his predecessor Ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in a military coup in August 2020, has reportedly ordered France to close its embassy and remove all its troops from Mali within three days.

Furthermore, the government of Mali announced immediate removal of French as the country’s official language and replaced it with a local language called Bambara.

Earlier on January 24, 2022, the government of Mali ordered Danish troops deployed as part of a French led European anti-terrorism force alias Takuba in the northern part of the country, to leave immediately, saying that the Danish troops, amounting about 100, were in the country without its permission.

With France and Denmark out, it looks very likely the European anti-terrorism force in Mali may be in limbo! Besides, the current government of Mali may be viewing the force as having hallmarks of neo-colonialism.

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