Mali: ECOWAS welcomes “progress” but expects more from the junta

Mali : The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday welcomed “positive developments” in Mali towards the restoration of civil power after a new putsch in May but demanded more progress to reintegrate the countries in its bodies.

The heads of state of the ECOWAS meeting in summit in Accra, the capital of Ghana, therefore decided to maintain for the moment the suspension of Mali, decided after the second coup d’etat in less than nine months of Colonel Assimi Goïta, May 24.

“At this stage, although they have noted positive developments, they felt they had to maintain the suspension, because they want to verify the solidity of the progress made”, the president of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude, told reporters. Kassi Brou.

“Heads of state want more assurances on this progress,” he insisted.

During his inauguration as the new transitional president, on June 7, Colonel Goïta, who had already overthrown on August 18, 2020 President Ibrahim Boubacar Kaïta, reelected two years previously, reiterated his commitment to organize elections in February 2022 .

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This commitment was questioned when Colonel Goïta arrested the President and the Transitional Prime Minister on May 24, after the formation of a new government from which certain figures of the August 2020 putsch had been excluded from strategic portfolios.

Immediately invested, Colonel Goïta acceded to one of the demands of the international community by appointing a civilian Prime Minister, Choguel Kokalla Maïga, who formed a government in which several military coup plotters found key positions.

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France, which reacted to the May 24 coup by suspending its joint operations with the Malian army after years of cooperation against the jihadists, announced on June 10 the scheduled end of its Barkhane operation in the Sahel.

French President Emmanuel Macron lamented on this occasion that ECOWAS chose to “recognize a military putschist” as president of the transition in Mali.

This decision “creates bad jurisprudence for the Africans themselves (…) for the ECOWAS itself and by the precedent that this creates among many neighbors”, he declared.

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