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09:37  09 january  2022
09:37  09 january  2022 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The West African leaders meet again Sunday on Mali, with the possibility of hardening or not the sanctions against a junta which After considering staying in power five more years, proposed at the last minute a new calendar.

The leader of the Juntus, Colonel Assimi Goïta, dispatched Saturday two ministers to the Economic Community of West African States which holds Sunday in Accra a new extraordinary summit on Mali, theater of two strokes of Military status since 2020 and prey to a deep security crisis.

In order to "maintain the dialogue and good cooperation with the Cédéao", the Malian envoys presented "a new proposal" of calendar to the exercise president of the organization, the head of state Ghanaian Nana Akufo-Addo , reported one of the two emissaries, the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Abdoulaye Diop .

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He did not specify duration. But this approach was obviously to appease the wrath of a number of heads of state and government on the eve of their summit.

The junta originally asked for up to five years, a delay a priori unacceptable for Cédéao and appearing inevitably calling new sanctions. The Junta returned to his commitment to hold legislative and presidential elections in February bringing civilians to the country's head.

Transitional authorities say they are not able to honor this deadline. They invoke persistent insecurity in the country, in the prey to the violence of all kinds, jihadists, community, crappers ... and the need for reforms, like that of the Constitution, so that the elections do not suffer from disputes to the Instarled from the previous ones.

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Since the first putsch of August 2020 conforced by that of May 2021 intronizing Colonel Assimi Goïta as president of the "transition", the Cédao pushes the return of civilians as soon as possible.

For the organization whose credibility is at stake, it is a question of defending its fundamental principles of governance, to stop the contagion of the accomplished and contain regional instability.

A five-year schedule would bring back a year and a half back. The Cédéao then demanded a return of civilians within 12 months. The junta asked five years. The Cédéao had transmitted 18 months, with elections in February 2022.

Gel of financial assets

Measuring the importance of the stakes for Cédéao as for Mali at the heart of Sahelian instability, it will be the eighth time The West African leaders will meet, in presential or videoconferencing, to speak especially Mali (with the

Guinea after another putsch in September 2021) since August 2020, not to mention the ordinary peaks.

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is exceptional, the Sunday meeting will be immediately preceded in the Ghanaian capital of another extraordinary summit, that of the leaders of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). The eight countries of UEMOA are members of Cédéao. This summit before the summit is considered augurous of a possible concerted action and perhaps economic sanctions.

The Cédéao has already imposed a freeze of their financial assets and a prohibition of traveling to 150 guilty personalities according to it obstruct in elections. It must now decide to muscle or not the coercive measures, a delicate choice.

At their peak of December 12, the West African leaders had brandished the threat of additional "economic and financial" sanctions.

In August 2020, Cédao had suspended the Mali of all its decision-making bodies, still suspension. She had also closed all land and aerial boundaries, and introduced an embargo on financial and commercial exchanges, with the exception of basic necessities.

In the middle of the pandemic, the embargo inflicted on a poor and landlocked country had been severely felt. These sanctions had been lifted after a month and a half.

The Cédéao must weigh the risks of stepping Malians against it with a new demonstration of rigor, say analysts.

A large part of the political class has boycotted the consultations whose authorities are claiming to request additional deadline. Eighteen months after taking power by the colonels, the security situation remains very deteriorated, and the deep economic crisis. But the national sovereignty speech resonates in part of the population, highlight the experts.

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