MALI: ECOWAS MULLS REMOVAL OF SANCTIONS AS CNSP JUNTA SWEARS-IN TRANSITIONAL PRESIDENT
There are indications that the Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African States are considering lifting sanctions placed on Mali following a coup that led to the removal of President Boubacar Keita on August 18.
A mediation team led by Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan arrived Bamako, Mali's capital on Wednesday, September 23 to continue consultations as the military begin their plans to return power to a civilian government.
Following pressure from ECOWAS, the National Committee for the Salvation of the People CNSP, on Monday, September 21 appointed former minister of defence Col. Maj. Bah Ndaw (retd) as its transitional President.
Goodluck Jonathan said that the forces that overthrew President Boubacar Keita are beginning to hear international calls for democracy.
We returned to Bamako this afternoon to continue consultations with key stakeholders as Malian authorities begin the implementation of their plans for the restoration of a civilian administration.
The @ecowas_cedeao mediation team expects to have fruitful engagements.
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) September 23, 2020
One of the key leaders of the August 18 military Putsch, Colonel Assimi Goïta, announced that he would be serving as Ndaw's Vice President.
The transitional government would be sworn-in on Friday, September 25. They are expected to rule for some months then organise an election and handover to the elected civilian President.
Recall that ECOWAS insisted that it would not remove sanctions placed on Mali if the military does not return power to a civilian and return to the barracks.
Rencontre ce matin entre le président, le vice-président de la transition et la mission de la CEDEAO conduite par monsieur Goodluck Jonathan.
Les échanges ont essentiellement porté sur le suivi des décisions du mini-sommet de la CEDEAO d'Accra du 15 Septembre 2020. pic.twitter.com/mljqdGq9lR
— CNSP Officiel (@CNSP20) September 24, 2020