ECOWAS suspends Mali after second coup in 9 months

Mali has been suspended from the West African Regional Bloc, ECOWAS on Sunday after a second coup in nine months with no sanctions re-imposed.

The emergency Summit was held in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. It was attended by ten regional heads of state and three foreign ministers with Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan serving as mediator in the crisis.

According to Ghana’s foreign minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, “the suspension from ECOWAS takes immediate effect until the deadline of the end of February 2022 when they are supposed to hand over to a democratically elected government.”

“A monitoring mechanism will be put in place to this effect” while “the vice president and the prime minister of the transition should not be candidates in the next presidential elections,” ECOWAS added.

A statement of their final position calls for an immediate appointment of a new civilian prime minister and the formation of an “inclusive” government.

It could be recalled that on May 24, transitional President Bah N’Daw and Prime minister Moctar Ouane were detained by soldiers but released three days later, with the military claiming they resigned.

The detentions aggregated to Mali’s second coup within a year after army officers led by Colonel Assimi Goita overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacer Keita Last August.

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