|Sanogo soldiers at impasse with Mali's neighbours|
|Civilians look for an out|
Developments in three countries this morning of interest to Fiji, all of them coup related.
The West African country of Mali is bracing itself for economic sanctions as a result of Captain Amadou Sanogo refusing to relinquish his military hold.
The sanctions have been applied by Mali's neighbours via the West African body, ECOWAS, and is aimed at suffocating the month old junta. Supplies going into the country of more than 15 million will be affected and Mali's borders are being closed off.
Overnight, panicking Malians holding jerrycans lined up outside gas stations. The nation trucks in its fuel from neighboring Ivory Coast and Senegal, both located on Africa's Atlantic Coast.
|Mohamed Nasheed: Maldives|
|Kenan Evren: Turkey|
Funds are also being cut off to Mali's central bank, a measure which apparently succeeded against the former President Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast early last year - rapidly resulting in a near paralysis of the banking and payments system.
Sanogo seized power from Amadou Toumani Toure last month claiming Toure was failing to quell the Tuareg (a powerful tribe in the north) insurgency.
Cross to the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean and the ousted president Mohamed Nasheed who is trying to return to initiate elections.
In an interview with CNN this morning, Nasheed says it's not necessarily important he return as leader but the Maldives must hold elections immediately to allow a return to democracy.
Nasheed, the Maldives first democratically elected president, was forced out in February. He told CNN today 'it's easier to get rid of a dictator than it is a dictatorship' but he believes 'people will come back to what is right and what is wrong.'
In Turkey, the two surviving leaders of country's 1980 military coup have gone on trial charged with overthrowing the civilian government.
Gen Kenan Evren, 94, who was president from 1983-89, and Gen Tahsin Sahinkaya, 86, are the first Turkish officers to face trial for staging a coup.
A constitutional clause granting the generals immunity from prosecution was overturned after a referendum in 2010.