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Sanogo stripped of head of state status

05 July 2012, 09:40

Lagos - The body representing western Africa nations has stripped the leader of Mali's recent coup of his recently acquired status as a former head of state. That status was given to him in May and was one of the main bargaining chips used to force Captain Amadou Sanogo to release his grip on power.

In a communiqué sent to The Associated Press late on Wednesday, the regional body known as Ecowas states that it does not recognise the military junta that led Mali's 21 March coup "as well as the status of former head of state conferred on Captain Amadou Sanogo."

The status came with a salary that diplomats estimated was close to $9 000 a month. It's unclear if the actions of Ecowas mean that Sanogo will no longer receive his salary.

- AP


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