A ceremony was held on Monday (4 September) at Mali's national military academy (Ecole Military Inter-Armes).
MV Mousse Traore and aides arrive.
CU Guard of Honour
MV Flag and guard.
CU Commandant Bougari Sandare saluting.
MV Guard salute
MV Officers watching.
CU Officer insignia affixed to shoulder tab.
CU Newly commissioned Officer saluting.
MV Regimental Colour and escort.
CU Soldiers marching.
CU's and SV's Officers and civilians chatting after ceremonies.
Initials DME/VS 15.54 DME/VS 16.02
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: A ceremony was held on Monday (4 September) at Mali's national military academy (Ecole Military Inter-Armes). It marked the promotion to sub-lieutenant of the cadets after three years study, which gave considerable attention to the technological skills needed by modern military leaders. The President of Mali, Colonel Mouses Traore, was present at the ceremony, which was also attended by other military leaders, diplomats, former soldiers and the cadets' parents.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Mousse Traore, chief of state of Mali, attended a ceremony on Monday at his country's military academy. The occasion was the commissioning of cadets at the academy.
Commandant Bougari Sangare said the army was the symbol of the solidarity of the nation.
Top army officers watched the ceremony, at which the cadets were all promoted to sub-lieutenant. It had taken them three years of training, including special study of the technological skills needed by the modern military leader.
After the ceremony the new officers met the special guests, who included diplomats and their own parents.