February 2, 2023

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ECOWAS tightens sanctions against interim authorities in Mali and Guinea

AA / Bamako / Amarana Mica

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), at the conclusion of an extraordinary summit in Agra on Sunday, decided to tighten sanctions against the authorities of change in Mali and Guinea – we learned from the official press release. .

ECOWAS has, in fact, announced a travel ban and the freezing of financial assets of Mali and Guinea-Conakry intermediaries and the maintenance of the Republic of Guinea’s suspension from all organizations. Egovas.

The sub-regional organization called on the African Union, the United Nations and bilateral and multilateral partners to approve and support the implementation of these sanctions.

If the situation persists, ECOWAS ‘state leaders have instructed the commission’s chairman to review and propose additional sanctions at its next ordinary session on December 12, 2021.

Heads of state said they were concerned about recent developments in Guinea, including the adoption of a change charter, the appointment of a civilian prime minister and the formation of an interim government.

In addition, they urged Guinean authorities to urgently submit a detailed schedule of actions to be taken in the wake of the change in the conduct of elections, in line with the results of the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS and the government. Held on September 16th.

They also decided to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all ECOWAS management bodies and maintain the travel ban and the freeze of financial assets imposed on CNRD (National Committee for Development) members and their members. Families, until constitutional order is restored.

During this extraordinary summit, Mohammed ibn Sambas was appointed Special Envoy to Guinea to strengthen the dialogue with the authorities of the transition towards a successful and short-lived transition process.

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Regarding the political change in the Republic of Mali, ECOWAS President Nana Akufo Ado announced that he had informed participants of the official announcement issued by the Mali Transformation authorities regarding the inability to meet the February 2022 election deadline.

“State leaders were deeply saddened by the lack of progress in preparations for the election, including the lack of a detailed schedule for holding elections on agreed dates,” the statement said.

“As per the decision taken on September 16, 2021, the Commission has decided to impose immediate sanctions on identified individuals and groups, including all intermediaries and other intermediaries. These sanctions will also be imposed on their family members,” the document states.

ECOWAS reaffirmed its concern over the deteriorating security situation in Mali as political uncertainty escalated in the country.

In addition, ECOWAS condemned the expulsion of its representative in Bamako.

During the summit, Malian officials reaffirmed that organizing Sunday’s elections was not a priority, and made it clear to the Anatolian agency that they had stated that there were steps to be taken before organizing elections.

“We told ECOWAS that there are steps to be taken. We need to be patient, we need to know what to do and when to do it. It will be decided at the end of the foundations of the Refound,” said Ibrahim Igassa Mika, the state’s Minister for Reconciliation with Corporations.

“We must stop being afraid to act, to love our country, to love others who speak, for their own actions as president. The Minister concluded.

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Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana and current President of ECOWAS, and his colleagues: Macky Sall from Senegal, Alassane Ouattara from Côte d’Ivoire, and Mohamed Bazoum from Niger attended the summit. Other presidents were represented.

The session was also attended by Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and EGOs mediator for Malik, Jean-Claude Kassi Brew, Chairman of the EGOs Commission, and Mohamed Saleh Annatif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. West Africa and Sahel (UNOWAS), MINUSMA President El-Qasim Wan and Misahal’s Special Representative Maman Sambo Cidiko, who represents the African Union Commission.

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