Ecowas seals borders with Mali

2012-03-30 07:36
Bamako - The West Africa regional bloc says it’s sealing its borders with Mali and closing the country's bank account following a coup that overthrew Mali's democratically elected president.

Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, commission president for the bloc known as Ecowas, said on Thursday that Mali's account was being frozen at the regional central bank.

The closure of borders with many neighbouring nations also cuts off Mali's supply of gasoline.

A group of mutinous soldiers seized power last week in a coup, overthrowing President Amadou Toumani Toure, who remains in hiding. He had been due to leave office soon following next month's election.

Several thousand people took to the streets this week in support of the military takeover, indicating that frustration with Toure is more widespread than the mutinous soldiers.

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