Return to constitutional rule in 12 to 16 months-ECOWAS to Mali

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has asked the transitional government in Mali to return the country to constitutional rule within 12 to 16 months.

The directive forms part of efforts to restore democratic governance in the West-African country reeling under political instability.

The decision was taken at an Extraordinary Summit in Accra on Friday, to review recent political developments in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso.

President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Kassi Brou, speaking at the Summit stated that there was an an urgent need to reach an agreement in order to avoid further deterioration of the situation in Mali.

“The discussions were extensively on the situation and taking into account that the sanctions are impacting on the country. There has been substantial work that was done by the Technical Local Committee Meeting and after examining the recommendations of the mediator, the Head of State disclosed that, they are willing to provide an extension of the transition in Mali for 12 to 16 months in addition to the three months that have already passed. So agreements will be reached so that the sanctions are gradually lifted.”

Former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was ousted by the Military after they had compalined of economic hardship.

He was accused of corruption and poor management of the economy.


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