AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, mediator in the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS) in the Mali political crisis, arrived in Bamako on Tuesday and said he hoped a timetable would be set by the end of this year. Following a meeting with Colonel Azimi Koita, the leader of the change.
Goodluck Jonathan was accompanied by Jean-Claude Cozy Brew, chairman of the ECOWAS Commission. Discussions focused on the progress of the election calendar, political activities, and the ECOWAS ‘primary recommendations.
At the end of the meeting, Goodluck Jonathan told reporters, “State leaders have asked us to come to Bamako to inquire about the progress of political activities and to have a direct exchange with the leader of the transition.
The ECOWAS mediator declared that the meeting with the change leader went “very well”, while “we did not meet with other stakeholders. We came to meet the change leader directly to discuss with him and assess the situation.”
Goodluck Jonathan further declared: “We will definitely return to Bamako in January” before recalling the need for a conference of heads of state to organize elections in February 2022.
As a reminder of the 60th Ordinary Summit of the West African Economic Community in Abuja, Nigeria on December 12, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Ado received a letter from Mali’s interim leader announcing that the current head of ECOWAS will provide an election calendar after January 31, 2022.
ECOWAS warned that “additional sanctions will be imposed from January 1, 2022, unless there is a definite improvement in election preparations by the end of December 2021. These sanctions will include specific economic and financial sanctions.”
After taking office in Bamako on August 18, 2020, ECOWAS suspended Mali from its posts and halted financial and business transactions with this country, which is in the grip of terrorist and communal violence.