ECOWAS not satisfy with Mali transition government ~President Buhari
The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said they are not ready to lift sanctions on Mali because the military junta is yet to satisfy all the conditions demanded by the regional bloc.
According to President Mohammadu Buhari, leaders of the August 18 coup in Mali have not satisfied demands for a handover of power to a fully civilian government as requested by ECOWAS.
In a briefing with President Buhari on Monday, the ECOWAS special envoy to Mali, former President Goodluck Jonathan, said there were still “grey areas” to discuss.
“According to the Special Envoy, the military leaders are yet to satisfy ECOWAS demand of a full civilian as Vice President, and what his roles would be in government,” a statement after the meeting said.
“That position is currently being held by a serving military officer, who was also one of the leaders of the take-over.
“President Buhari counseled the Special Envoy to present a formal report to the new ECOWAS Chairman, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, “who will then write us officially, and we then determine the next steps,” presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said.
The President said with about two-thirds of Mali currently under occupation by terrorists, “the priority of the military should be to secure their country,” rather than hold on to power.
The military junta in Mali has appointed a civilian as Interim President, who will stay in office for 18 months, and lead the country back to constitutional order after the military had taken over power in the country.
That was part of irreducible demands by West African leaders before sanctions imposed on the country could be lifted.
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it would lift sanctions, which have caused imports to the landlocked country to slump 30 percent, once a civilian prime minister was named, as was the case on Sunday, among other demands.
President Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel appointed president of the transition, named veteran diplomat Moctar Ouane as interim prime minister, while Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the coup that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was sworn in as vice president.
The statement said heads of state from the region could confer again to discuss the outstanding issues.