West Africa’s regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed new sanctions on the leaders of Mali’s transitional government over delays in processes to return the country to constitutional rule after the coup which toppled the regime of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.
A communique from the regional body’s meeting which was held in Accra-Ghana on Sunday revealed that, the Malian authorities have earlier written to ECOWAS informing it of their “inability to meet the transition deadline of February 2022”.
Following this, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President of ECOWAS Commission told reports that, they have decided to “sanction all those implicated in the delay;” adding that, “all the transition authorities are concerned by the sanctions which will take immediate effect.”
This is not the first time the 15-member body is placing sanctions on Mali. The country was first sanctioned in 2020 when Colonel Assimi Goita and his team staged the coup which saw the removal of the then President.
Unlike the initial sanctions from ECOWAS which was directed at the country as a whole, this particular one which includes travel bans and asset freezes is targeted at the leaders of the transitional body and some of their relatives.