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Mali Must Appoint Civilian Government Immediately, Says Regional Bloc

MALI-SECURITY-ECOWAS:Mali should appoint civilian authorities instantly, says regional bloc

Mali’s army coup leaders should hand over energy to a civilian transitional authorities instantly, the chairman of the West African regional bloc stated on Tuesday, as a deadline expired for the ruling junta to nominate interim leaders.

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  • Last Updated: September 15, 2020, 5:57 PM IST

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ACCRA: Mali’s army coup leaders should hand over energy to a civilian transitional authorities instantly, the chairman of the West African regional bloc stated on Tuesday, as a deadline expired for the ruling junta to nominate interim leaders.

The 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) imposed financial sanctions after the Aug. 18 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and stated a brand new president ought to be appointed by Tuesday.






But the junta pushed by means of a constitution on Saturday that claims the interim president generally is a soldier or a civilian and has not but indicated when the brand new authorities can be named. [nL8N2GA05W]

Regional presidents met junta leaders on Tuesday in Ghana in an try to quicken the transition.

“Today is supposed to be the day that the junta is to put in place a government, which should respond to the criteria we set out in August. That has not been met,” stated Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, the performing ECOWAS chair, earlier than the beginning of talks.

Regional leaders worry the coup may set a harmful precedent in West Africa and undermine a struggle in Mali and neighbouring nations within the Sahel area in opposition to Islamist militants with hyperlinks to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

“That country can no longer afford any delay in putting a responsible government in place,” he stated.

West African leaders haven’t stated what the results can be for failing to satisfy the deadline. The present sanctions embrace border closures and the suspension of monetary flows.

The constitution permitted at multi-party talks in Mali additionally requires an 18-month transition, whereas ECOWAS had stated that contemporary elections ought to be held inside a yr.

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