Mali’s New President Heads To ECOWAS Over Double Coup
The President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi GOITA, Head of State left Bamako this Saturday, May 29, 2021 for Accra in Ghana where he takes part alongside his counterparts in the sub-region in the extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on the situation in Mali ”, scheduled for this Sunday, May 30, 2021.
During his stay, the Head of State will have a tête-à-tête with his Ghanaian counterpart and bilateral talks with partners and friends of Mali.
This takes place the day after the publication of the judgment of the Constitutional Court which installs him in his new functions.
Mali’s New President Heads To ECOWAS Over Double Coup
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) invited Goita to come to Ghana’s capital Accra for “consultations” ahead of an extraordinary summit on Sunday devoted to Mali, according to letter from the 15-nation bloc seen by AFP.
Goita had served as vice president since leading a coup last August that ousted the democratically elected president, with the roles of president and prime minister held by civilians after pressure from ECOWAS, which has served as a mediator.
However on Monday soldiers detained transitional president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane, releasing them on Thursday while saying that they had resigned.
The twin arrests triggered a diplomatic uproar and marked the second apparent coup within a year in the Sahel country.
Mali’s constitutional court completed Goita’s rise to full power on Friday by naming him transitional president.
With the junta going back on its previous commitment to civilian political leaders, doubts have been raised about its other pledges, including holding elections in early 2020.
The junta said this week it will would continue to respect that timetable, but added that it could be subject to change.
The constitutional court said Goita would “exercise the functions of transitional president to lead the transition process to its conclusion”.
Mali’s New President Heads To ECOWAS Over Double Coup
ECOWAS, which issued sanctions against Mali after the August coup before lifting them when the transitional government was put in place, will meet from 2:00 pm (1400 GMT) in Accra on Sunday.