ECOWAS suspends Mali

By John Okeke
Mali has been suspended from the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS.

The decision was announced after an emergency meeting of the sub-region's leaders in Accra, Ghana on Sunday.

Ghana's Foreign Affairs minister, Shirley Ayorko Botchwey told journalists that the Mali junta's non-adherence to the mediatory role of ECOWAS necessistated the decision of ECOWAS leaders.

She added the West Africa leaders gave a few days ultimatum to the Colonel Assimi Goitta-led junta to restore a civilian to the post of Prime Minister, so that the transition agreed to following the ouster of the democratically-elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last August, is followed up to its February, 2022 terminal date.

ECOWAS envoy, former Nigerian  president, Goodlluck Jonathan had briefed the meeting behind closed-doors of his mediatory trips to Mali last week.

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