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Hold elections by February or face sanctions; ECOWAS to Mali

West Africa’s regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called on Mali’s transitional leadership to either organize elections by February next year or face further sanctions.

President of the bloc, Jean-Claude Brou who spoke to reporters earlier said “the heads of state… decided to keep the (deadline) of February 27, 2022 for elections in Mali.”

Brou added that, the regional body also decided that, Malian authorities must make commitments by January 2022 or face further sanctions.

This is not the first time ECOWAS has taken a tough measure against Mali. The country’s membership was suspended following the coup with financial and travel bans equally slapped on major coup leaders and their relatives.

Meanwhile, in an earlier letter sent to the ECOWAS chair, Nana Akufo-Addo, the Malian coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita made a promise of handing over his electoral plans as part of efforts to return the country to constitutional rule.

“Mali… commits to providing you with a detailed timetable by January 31, 2022 at the latest that could be discussed during an ECOWAS mission.” he earlier said.

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