US News Mali: Goodluck Jonathan meets the head of the junta and the president of the transition

20:10  24 september  2020
20:10  24 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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L'ancien président du Nigeria, Gooduck Jonathan, lors d'une visite à Bamako, Mali, le 23 juillet 2020 (photo d'illustration). © MICHELE CATTANI / AFP The former president of Nigeria, Gooduck Jonathan, during a visit to Bamako, Mali, July 23, 2020 ( illustration photo).

At the heart of the concerns for this visit by the ECOWAS mediator: the architecture of the Malian transition and the lifting of economic sanctions. Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Bamako yesterday, and this Thursday, he met the two figures of the transition.

With our special correspondent in Bamako, Florence Morice

Goodluck Jonathan started his day with an interview with the head of the junta that overthrew Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Assimi Goïta, now acting vice-president. The interview lasted about 1.5 hours and took place at the Ministry of Defense.

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The two men then left together for base camp, a presidential residence, this time to meet Bah N’Daw, the new interim president , very discreet since his appointment. A 45-minute “courtesy” visit, according to the terms of the official program. And this for a simple reason of protocol: Bah N’Daw is still not officially invested. It will be tomorrow, Friday.

Towards a lifting of sanctions ?

At the heart of today's talks, there was the question of the Prime Minister. From the beginning, the ECOWAS pleaded for a rapid transition embodied by civilians with a dissolution of the junta. Goodluck Jonathan also came to plead for the release of a number of former officials arrested during the coup and still held since, including former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé.

The mediator did not speak at the end of these meetings on the question of sanctions which is burning everyone's lips in Bamako. For the past two days, the same message has been sent to the press: Goodluck Jonathan will speak on the results of his mission after the inauguration. It will then be up to Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Ado to decide on a possible lifting of the embargo on Mali, as current president of the sub-regional organization. An embargo that weighs on the populations.

Mali: the embargo imposed by neighboring states weighed on the country's economy .
The transitional president of Mali was sworn in on Friday in Bamako. But the country remains under sanction until a civilian prime minister is appointed. Plus a ticket. The counters of the money transfer operator are empty. You have to push open the back door to find five men, bundles in hand. There, behind the row of six telephones lined up on his desk, the manager laments: the embargo imposed the day after Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's overthrow on August 18 has "terribly affected" his business.

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