US places sanctions on Mali coup leaders

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Posted: Apr 03, 2012 7:04 PM
US places sanctions on Mali coup leaders

The Obama administration has issued travel restrictions for leaders of Mali's recent coup and says they should restore civilian rule immediately.

The State Department says coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo, some of his followers and their family members won't be allowed to travel to the U.S. Sanogo and other soldiers seized power in the African country March 21.

A statement Tuesday said the action is against "persons who block Mali's return to civilian rule and democratically elected government."

President Amadou Toumani Toure was scheduled to finish his term this month and a new president was to be elected. Soldiers said they overthrew the government because of its handling of a northern insurgency.

The State Department said Sanogo and his supporters should "restore full civilian rule to Mali without delay."