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A dozen West African heads of state, gathered at an extraordinary regional summit, decided on Sunday to suspend Mali from their common institutions in response to the recent double putsch by the Malian military and call for the immediate appointment of a Prime Minister. Minister from civil society.

The heads of state and government of the West African Community of States (ECOWAS) meeting at an extraordinary regional summit, decided, Sunday, May 30, to suspend Mali from their common institutions in response the recent double putsch of the Malian soldiers.

West African leaders also recalled the urgent need for the Malian authorities to appoint a new interim civilian prime minister.

In a statement released on Sunday, the bloc demanded that the Malian junta abide by its commitment to hold a presidential election next February, after an 18-month transition period.

“After long discussions, the Heads of State and Government have decided to suspend Mali from the institutions of the ECOWAS (Community of West African States)” and “call for the immediate appointment of a Prime Minister from civil society, “according to the statement released after their meeting.

Shortly before the release of the press release, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway announced the suspension of Mali’s participation in the regional organization. “The ECOWAS suspension takes effect immediately until the deadline of late February 2022, when they are supposed to hand over to a democratically elected government,” said Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

“One of the decisions of the heads of state is to ensure that in the coming days a civilian prime minister is put in place to form the next government,” she added.

The organization’s countries ordered land borders with Mali to be closed after the coup last year, causing the country’s imports to drop 30 percent, before sanctions were lifted in October.

In an interview published the same day by the Journal du dimanche, President Emmanuel Macron had for his part brandished the threat of a withdrawal of 5,100 French soldiers from Operation Barkhane, declaring that he did not want to stay “alongside a country where there is no longer democratic legitimacy or transition “.

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