Three days after the coup that threw President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, still in the hands of the Putist military, the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States announced the “immediate” dispatch of a delegation in Bamako.
After the African Union, the European Union, it is the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that expresses its dissatisfaction with the military coup in Mali. During an extraordinary summit, neighboring Mali on Thursday, August 20, demanded the “recovery” of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and decided to “immediately” send a delegation to Bamako.
“We demand the re-establishment of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as President of the Republic,” said Nigerian Prime Minister Mahamadou Issoufou, who holds the presidency of ECOWAS, at the end of a virtual summit. “We decide to immediately send a high-level delegation to ensure the immediate return of constitutional order,” he added.
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“Mali is in a critical situation with serious risks that a collapse of the state and the institutions could lead to setbacks in the fight against terrorism and organized crime, with all the consequences for all our This to say that this country needs our solidarity more than ever , “the Nigerian president continued, reminding the coup leaders” of their responsibility for the safety and security of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and the arrested officials.
“Immediate sanctions against the putschists”, announces ECOWAS
“ECOWAS will lead discussions and” make military junta officials understand that the times for seizing power are over in our sub-region, “President Issoufou added, calling for the immediate implementation of a set of sanctions against all military coup plotters and their partners. collaborators “.
ECOWAS has already condemned the coup that overthrew President Keita on Tuesday and suspended Mali from its decision-making bodies.
Elections within a “reasonable time frame”, Assimi Goïta promised
President Keïta, known as “IBK”, was elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2018 for five years, had for months had an unrivaled challenge since the coup in 2012. He was arrested by military leaders with his Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and other civilian and military officials. All were still detained at noon on Thursday.
IBK was forced to announce its resignation and the dissolution of the National Assembly and the government overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.
The soldiers, mostly senior officers, announced in the wake that the country is now led by a National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), led by a colonel, Assimi Goita, and promised to organize elections within a “reasonable time”.