The Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali from the regional bloc following a second coup in 9 months at a time the West African nation was already going through a transitional process to restore civilian rule.
Ecowas has also asked the country’s military leaders to hand over power to a civilian transition government headed by the Prime Minister.
The decision to suspend Mali from Ecowas was taken on the 30th day of May 2021 in an Extraordinary Summit which lasted over five hours at the Kempiski Hotel in Accra.
According to Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey, ECOWAS is committed to restoring peace and stability to Mali.
Speaking to journalists after the summit, Madam Ayorkor-Botchwey explained that the suspension of Mali from ECOWAS takes immediate effect until February 2022.
“The decision of the Heads of State is to suspend Mali from ECOWAS and it [takes effect] immediately until the deadline of the end of February 2022 when they are supposed to hand over to a democratically-elected government.”
“One of the decisions of the heads of state is that they should ensure that in the next few days there is a civilian Prime Minister who will form a transitional government for the rest of the period.”