The ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in an Extraordinary Summit in Accra, Ghana, has suspended Mali from the Bloc and has called for a new civilian Prime Minister to be nominated immediately.
It particularly condemned all actions that led to the ongoing instability in Mali and its attendant consequences in the region and has reaffirmed the importance and necessity for Mali to respect the democratic process in ascending to power, in conformity with the 2001 ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
The Heads of State also demanded the immediate release of the former President and Prime Minister of the Transition who are kept under house arrest in that country.
In a Communique issued in Accra, 30th May 2021 after a crunch Extraordinary Summit on the political situation in Mali, it said that “after extensive discussions on the situation in Mali, the Heads of State took the decisions, among others, that a new inclusive government should be formed to proceed with the transition programme.”
They reaffirmed the need for Mali to respect the transition period of 18 months decided in Accra — in the context of —the date of 27th February 2022 already announced for the Presidential election should be maintained.
According to the Communique, the ECOWAS Authority reiterated its earlier decisions that the Head of the transition — the Vice-President and the Prime Minister of the transition — should not, under any circumstances, be candidates for the forthcoming Presidential election.
The Authority, according to the Communique, reaffirmed its support to accompany the transition process in Mali and urged all international partners (the African Union, the United Nations, and the European Union) to continue to support Mali towards the successful implementation of the transition
“The Heads of State call for the immediate implementation of all these decisions in conformity with the transition timetable defined. To this end, they urge the Mediator to return to Mali within a week to engage stakeholders on these decisions,” the Communique stated.
They, as a matter of urgency, called for the immediate implementation of all these decisions in conformity with the transition timetable defined.
The Heads of State expressed strong and deep concerns over the present crisis in Mali, which comes halfway to the end of the agreed transition period, amidst incessant terrorist attacks and the Covid-19 Pandemic with its dire socio-economic impacts.
They urged the Mediator, H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of Nigeria, to return to Mali within a week to engage stakeholders on these decisions, the Communique stated.
The Authority congratulated and encouraged the Mediator to persevere with his mediation efforts and remain seized of the situation in Mali through the Local Monitoring Committee.
The Heads of State expressed their gratitude to Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, current Chair of ECOWAS, for swiftness in convening the Extraordinary Summit on the political situation in Mali that ensured the successful conduct of the extraordinary Summit.
The Heads of State and Government who participated in the Extraordinary Summit were; H.E. Roch-Marc Christian KABORE of Burkina Faso; H.E. Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire; H.E. Adama Barrow of The Gambia; H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana; H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau.
Others were; H.E. George Weah of Liberia; H.E. Mohamed Bazoum of Niger; H.E. Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria; H.E. Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone; H.E. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe of Togo.
The other representatives were Mr Aurelien Agbenonci, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration of Benin; Mr Rui Soares, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities of Cabo Verde; Mrs Aissata Tall Sall, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad of Senegal; Mrs Moussoukoro Sangare, Charge d’Affairesa of the Embassy of Guinea in Ghana.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD