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World Mali: why ECOWAS has not yet lifted its embargo

10:00  29 september  2020
10:00  29 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The president of the transition Bah N’Daw, his Prime Minister the diplomat Moctar Ouane, as well as the vice-president Colonel Assimi Goïta met on Monday September 28 in Bamako to discuss the tasks that await them for the next 18 months. But they must first face a problem: the embargo decreed against Mali by the ECOWAS has not yet been lifted despite the appointment of a civilian prime minister.

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West African bloc ECOWAS will maintain its sanctions on Mali until a civilian prime minister is appointed, ECOWAS mediator Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday. A decision on whether ECOWAS will lift its sanctions against Mali was expected following the swearing-in ceremony of Bah Ndaw

“ 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 “However, according to the Special Envoy, the military leaders are yet to satisfy ECOWAS demand of a full civilian as Vice President, and what

With our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel

Bamako has not yet officially reacted to the non-lifting of the embargo decreed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). However, speaking in a private capacity, an interlocutor from the first circle of the new Malian power, explains that contact is maintained with the sub-regional institution in order to move things forward.

In an official report, Goodluck Jonathan, envoy of the ECOWAS in the Malian crisis, makes observations. For example, the final version of the transition charter is still not known to the general public. However, this document which marks the 18 months of transition is important.

Prerogatives that are too broad for the vice-president

Then, he notes that the prerogatives of the transitional vice-president, Colonel Assimi Goïta, leader of the August 18 putschists pose a problem. According to an official statement on the day he was sworn in with the president, it was said he could take the president's place in the event of force majeure. A provision not accepted by ECOWAS which wants a rapid return of power to civilians.

Any other problems? The expected dissolution of the junta leadership or the release or the presentation to justice of military and civilian detainees. On all these points, the heads of state of the ECOWAS could consult each other, question the Malian authorities before deciding whether or not to lift the sanctions.

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