Canada Investiture day in Mali, the junta still in discussion with the ECOWAS

11:00  25 september  2020
11:00  25 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Relatives of the "father of independence" cultivate the memory of another Mali

 Relatives of the © MICHELE CATTANI Hatouma Keïta, daughter of Modibo Keïta, first president of independent Mali, in Bamako on September 21, 2020 with, at her side , a portrait of her father "It's a pride!": on the occasion of the anniversary of Mali's independence, Hatouma Keïta is spreading a large flag out of the cupboard in front of the family house and a panel paying tribute to his father, the first president Modibo Keïta. Onlookers stop, read a few lines or take a look.

As both ECOWAS and the military junta that organised Mali 's coup d'etat adjourn discussions in Bamako, both sides say that discussions are "progressing" and going "very well". SOUND UPS.

As both ECOWAS and the military junta that organised Mali 's coup d'etat adjourn discussions in Bamako, both sides say that discussions are "progressing" and going "very well". SOUND UPS.

Le colonel Assimi Goïta (G) à côté de l'ancien officier Bah N’Daw (D) qui doit être investi président de la transition ce vendredi 25 septembre à Bamako. © REUTERS / Amadou Keita Colonel Assimi Goïta (L) next to the former officer Bah N'Daw (R) who is to be invested as president of the transition this Friday, September 25 in Bamako.

The new acting president, the retired officer Bah N'Daw, is to be sworn in on Friday, September 25, as well as the new vice-president, Colonel Assimi Goïta, head of the junta that overthrew the former IBK president. A double investiture therefore, in a particular context, a little more than a month after the coup d'etat, and while the ECOWAS has not yet lifted the sanctions that have since weighed on Mali.

With our correspondent and our special correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel and Florence Morice

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A West African delegation visiting Mali to push for a speedy return to civilian rule following a coup said it was “very hopeful” on Saturday after meeting with the country’s military junta and the president it ousted. The head of the delegation from the regional ECOWAS bloc, former Nigerian president

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Unless surprised, no African head of state should make the trip to attend the ceremony. "Difficult to do otherwise, explains a diplomat, as long as the sanctions are not lifted." Thursday evening, the "consultations" on this subject were still in progress. It is therefore a "sober" ceremony that is announced.

A sign that the climate has still improved, the mediator of the ECOWAS , Goodluck Jonathan, who arrived in Bamako two days ago, confirmed his participation. European ambassadors stationed in the Malian capital should also be present.

This investiture constitutes an important stage: it is supposed to mark the beginning of a period of transition which should last eighteen months and eventually lead to new elections. But in the immediate future, above all, it paves the way for the still-awaited appointment of the Prime Minister. It is indeed up to the transitional president, once he is sworn in, to appoint him. However, this is one of the main conditions set by ECOWAS for to lift the embargo against Mali . ECOWAS demands a civilian.

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The Economic Community of West African States , also known as ECOWAS , is a regional political and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa.

"Things are moving forward", for his part indicates a source at ECOWAS, without being able to say when the suspense will end. "We hope that an announcement could be made in the wake of the investiture," said an African diplomat Thursday evening. This would allow ECOWAS to vote on the sanctions before Goodluck Jonathan left in the afternoon. But Thursday evening, several sources did not exclude that it would take a few more days to know the name of the new head of government of the transition.

The ECOWAS wants “safeguards”

Besides the question of the Prime Minister, the final version of the transition charter is also a sensitive element. On this point, for example, observers are in a hurry to see, in the document, which has been amended several times, the powers granted to the president and his vice-president.

The ECOWAS wishes to see written in this charter that the vice-president cannot replace the president in the event of impediment or resignation. And finally that the prerogatives of this vice-president be reduced to strict questions of defense and security. So many “safeguards” supposed to guarantee a real civil transition. ECOWAS also wants the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) to be dissolved once the transition is underway.

The fate of several former officials, arrested during the coup, is also a subject on which the sub-regional authority wishes information. Goodluck Jonathan was able to visit ex-Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and the ex-president of the National Assembly on Thursday. " They are fine. But on the issue of their release, there is no real progress, "laments a diplomatic source.

Finally, before leaving Bamako, the delegation of the sub-regional institution should once again meet the new authorities for "important adjustments".

Mali: the country awaiting the lifting of ECOWAS sanctions .
© GettyImages An aerial view of Bamako, the capital of Mali. (Illustrative image) After several days of negotiation, the new Prime Minister of the Transition was appointed this Sunday. The choice fell on a civilian, the diplomat and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Moctar Ouane. After the presidential and vice-president's investitures, the interim executive is therefore closed, but the Economic Community of West African States has still not lifted its sanctions.

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