The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has decided to suspend Mali in response to the new military coup that took place in the country this week.
After a five-hour meeting this Sunday in the Ghanaian capital Accra, ECOWAS made this decision and, according to the Malian broadcaster Studio Tamani, insisted on organizing a political transition.
ECOWAS has called for the appointment of a civilian prime minister and has put in place a mechanism to oversee the transition, which must be completed in 18 months.
On Friday, the Constitutional Court of Mali declared Colonel Assimi Goita, the former leader of the military junta, to be the country’s transition president and vice-presidency.
This new crisis in Mali was sparked after Prime Minister Moctar Ouane’s recent resignation due to renewed opposition protests, despite the fact that former transition president Bah Ndaw reappointed him and on Monday revealed the composition of the new government with the military in the main portfolios, but without key figures on the board within the executive branch.
Thereafter, both were forced to resign from their positions under pressure from the army, which they arrested on Monday and released on Friday.