ECOWAS insisted that the transitional leaders should be civilians, rejecting the junta’s suggestion that the leaders may come from the navy.
“We’d like a civilian management of the transition,” Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo mentioned after the summit. “From the minute that management is put in place,” the regional sanctions on Mali will likely be lifted, he mentioned. This ought to be completed inside days, not weeks, he mentioned.
The regional leaders seem to have accepted the junta’s name for an 18-month transitional interval to new elections, as a substitute of the one-year timeline that the regional bloc initially proposed.
Mali’s junta had earlier floated the thought of ready three years earlier than holding a brand new election, a proposal rapidly rejected by each ECOWAS and former colonizer France, which maintains a big navy presence in Mali the place it has been preventing Islamic extremists.
ECOWAS additionally known as for the dissolution of the Nationwide Committee for the Salvation of the Individuals as quickly because the transitional authorities is in place.
The regional bloc has already closed Mali’s borders with neighboring international locations and halted monetary hyperlinks in an effort to put strain on the junta. These sanctions could possibly be lifted as soon as a transitional civilian authorities is in place, it mentioned in its Tuesday assertion.
The navy junta staged a coup d’etat on Aug. 18, deposing Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who nonetheless had three years remaining in his second time period in workplace. Led by Col. Assimi Goita, the junta, calling itself the Nationwide Committee for the Salvation of the Individuals, held talks with varied political and civil society teams to give you an overview for a transition to civilian rule final week.
There was widespread concern that the continuing political upheaval in Mali will set again efforts to comprise the nation’s rising Islamic extremist insurgency. After an analogous coup in 2012, Islamic extremists grabbed management of main cities in northern Mali. Solely a 2013 navy intervention led by France pushed extremists out of these cities and the worldwide neighborhood has spent seven years battling the militants.
“The terrorists are benefiting from the state of affairs in Mali to flex their muscle groups much more,” Ghana’s president warned after the summit.
Petesch reported from Dakar, Senegal.
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