Mali: ECOWAS demands immediate appointment of civilian govt

  • Mali: ECOWAS demands immediate appointment of civilian govt

Mali: ECOWAS demands immediate appointment of civilian govt

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has hinted at a possible return of the Malian government to civilian rule in a matter of days amid threats to impose restrictions should push come to shove. The sanctions include border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit civilians.

The bloc had given the new military rulers until Tuesday to name a civilian president and prime minister to head a transitional government.

"My reason for this meeting is simple".

"We need a civilian leadership of the transition", President Nana Akufo-Addo, who now chairs the regional Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), told journalists after the meeting in Ghana.

"That country can no longer afford any delay in putting a responsible government in place", he said.

He spoke as an ultimatum for the appointment of interim leaders expired.

He was set to deliver a speech behind closed doors to the assembled leaders from across the region outlining his plans.

The military wants an 18-month transition period, while ECOWAS is insisting on one year.

"A delegation from the junta went to Accra to negotiate and discuss the fate of Mali without involving the M5-RFP ( the 5 June Movement - Rally of Patriotic Forces opposition coalition)", said Dr Choguel Kokala Maiga, President of the M5-RFP strategic committee.

The statement read, "Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, leaves Abuja this morning for Accra, Ghana to attend an Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States on the situation in Mali".

He had been facing mounting protests over his failure to curb a bloody eight-year-old jihadist insurgency, cure Mali's sickly economy and root out corruption.

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

Mali's neighbours, who are anxious to avoid the fragile Sahel state spiralling into chaos, have not yet reacted to the transition roadmap.