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West Africa regional bloc seals borders with Mali following coup

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March 26: People chant in protest against the recent military coup, in Bamako, Mali. (AP)

The West Africa regional bloc says its 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 Thursday that Mali's account was being frozen at the regional central bank.

The closure of borders with many neighboring 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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