ECOWAS suspends Mali

The Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), meeting Sunday in Accra for an Extraordinary Summit on the situation in Mali, have decided to suspend this country from the sub-organization. regional, announced Sunday evening the head of his cabinet, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway.

On behalf of the leaders of this regional bloc, she indicated that Mali had the task of respecting the transition timetable and restoring a democratic regime before February 2022.

“The Heads of State have decided, in accordance with the Treaty on Democracy and Good Governance, to suspend Mali from ECOWAS with immediate effect,” Botchway said.

In addition, the ECOWAS leadership will work with Mali to ensure that the transition remains on track towards the ultimate goal of bringing the country back to democratic rule by February 2022, she said.

Ms. Botchway, Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the heads of state had also asked that “in the coming days, Mali should appoint a civilian prime minister to guide the transition process”.

ECOWAS also urges the international community to continue to dialogue with Mali “to ensure that it does not derail the transition process. The coup in Mali is something that ECOWAS disapproves of because it has repercussions on Mali. the rest of West Africa, ”she added.

The Constitutional Court of Mali was seized on Wednesday of the letter of resignation of President Bah N’Daw, which, according to it, has resulted in “the paralysis and dysfunction” of the transitional bodies.

The Court thus conferred on the vice-president, Colonel Goïta, “the attributes and prerogatives of transitional president to lead the process to its conclusion”.

“The transitional vice-president bears the title of transitional president, head of state,” said the Constitutional Court in a judgment justified according to the Court by Articles 7 and 8 of the Transition Charter which stipulate that ” the transitional president is assisted by a vice-president “appointed under” the same conditions as him “and who both can be civil or military personalities.

Colonel Assimi Goïta informed the Malian political class on Friday of his wish to appoint a Prime Minister in the ranks of the Movement of June 5-Rassemblement des forces patriotiques (M5-RFP) whose demonstrations have weakened the regime of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, overturned last August 18.

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