AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga
The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council in Mali on Friday recommended a maximum of 16 months of change in Mali.
The council, in a statement issued on Friday, approved the report of the ECOWAS summit held on January 12 in Abuja, Nigeria, in view of the additional economic and financial sanctions against Mali.
The PSC added that it “fully supports all efforts by ECOWAS and its mediator to create the conditions necessary for a return to constitutional order in Mali, including the efforts of former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.”
Rejecting the 5-year and 4-year timetable proposed by the Malian authorities, the Council considers that “this schedule creates an unnecessary extension of the transition process in Mali” and is “unconstitutional, unacceptable, inappropriate and a serious impediment to the democratic process in the country.”
The AU called on Malian authorities to respect the Charter of Change and the decisions of the PSC and ECOWAS by arranging elections within a reasonable time frame acceptable to all stakeholders, and the AU “emphasizes the need for a speedy restoration of a public-led constitutional and democratic order.”