Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita is welcomed by the Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey
The summit is likely to take note of another jihadist attack in Mali, in which at least 5 people were killed on Sunday
West African leaders should meet in Ghana on Sunday to review the situation in Mali to discuss the country where the second coup took place in nine months. Mali’s new President, Colonel Assimi Goita, arrived in Accra on Saturday before the extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS regional bloc.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, and Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso were among them Participants at the summit.
Goita led the young army officers who overthrew Mali’s elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last August over perceived corruption and failure to suppress a bloody jihadist uprising.
After the In the takeover, the military agreed to appoint civilians as interim president and prime minister under pressure from ECOWAS, which acted as mediator.
But soldiers arrested interim president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane on Monday and left them on Thursday free while saying they had resigned.
The double arrests sparked a dip lomatic riot, marking Mali’s second apparent coup in a year.
Mali’s Constitutional Court completed Goita’s rise to full power on Friday by appointing him interim president.
As the junta resumed its previous engagement with civilian political leaders, doubts about its other commitments, including holding elections in early 2022, loud.
The summit is likely to take note of another jihadist attack in Mali that killed at least 5 people on Sunday. The attack took place in the southern region of the country. South Mali was largely spared from Islamist unrest in the country.
Unidentified men attacked a checkpoint near the city of Bougouni between 3.30 a.m. and 4.00 a.m. (local time). A local lawmaker told AFP that an outpost used by police and rangers was attacked.
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