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In Mali, ECOWAS is calling for a one-year transition on board, led by the civilian population

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has urged the military junta that rules Mali after the resignation of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to initiate a civil-led transition that leads to the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in the US as a prerequisite for a gradual one year Lifting of the sanctions imposed.

During his first speech at the Extraordinary Summit this Friday, Nigerian President Issoufou Mahamadou, in his capacity as President of ECOWAS, stressed that since the last meeting, the military junta had complied with the request for Keita’s release – something that happened this Thursday – , while making it clear that he does not want to return to office as the regional authority has suggested.

“A return to the constitutional order, which implies the return of the military to their barracks,” is still pending, the Nigerian president emphasized, denouncing the fact that the National Council for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) has ruled the country since the coup on August 18 a three year transition.

In Mali, ECOWAS is calling for a one-year transition on board, led by the civilian population
In Mali, ECOWAS is calling for a one-year transition on board, led by the civilian population

With this in mind, Issofou stated in his closing speech at the end of the extraordinary summit that ECOWAS calls on the Executive Board “in consultation with the Constitutional Court, the political parties and civil society organizations to initiate a civil transition without delay.” other actors involved “.

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