Pressuring junta, France suspends joint military operations with Malian forces

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By Tangi Salaün PARIS (Reuters) -France said on Thursday it was suspending its joint military operations with local troops in Mali as part of efforts to pressure the military junta there to restore a civilian-led government. Mali’s military arrested interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane last week and pressured them to resign, derailing a transition to democratic elections after another military coup last August. Former vice president Assimi Goita, a colonel who led the August coup and last week’s revolt, was declared president on Friday. West African regional bloc ECOWAS a…

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