- ECOWAS has set a deadline for the Mali military junta to vacate power and hand over to civilians
- The body said by September 15, democratic orders must be restored with a new president and prime minister chosen among people
- Mali's former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was sacked in August 2020, during a bloodless mutiny amid heightened political tension
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given a deadline-ultimatum to the military junta that sacked Mali democratic order to return power to the people.
The 15 leaders constituting ECOWAS, in a unanimous statement, said the junta has Tuesday, September 15, to elect a new president and prime minister who will be civilians.
Keeping pressure on the soldiers who took over the affairs of the government after President Ibrahim Keita was ousted, ECOWAS maintained that its decision has not changed on Mali political situation.
It would be recalled that the West African body had cut economic ties with Mali and closed its land and air borders against the country following a bloodless mutiny that sacked Keita from his position amid rising political tensions.
Keita was forced out of the presidency as the political imbroglio that polarised Mali hit the climax on Tuesday, August 18.
Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and President Keita were arrested by some mutinying soldiers before they were later taken to a key base in Kati, a town close to Bamako.
Keita later resigned from his position in order to avoid bloodshed and violence between his loyalists and the opposition before he was freed by the army officers.
Keita, 75, was elected to office in 2013, just over a year after his predecessor, Amadou Toumani Toure, was himself ousted in a coup.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all African leaders against staying in office beyond their constitutional provisions.
The president made the plea on Monday, September 7, at the ongoing 57th ECOWAS summit holding in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic.
In a thread of tweets, the presidency said Buhari pointed out that leaders of individual member-states of ECOWAS need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of their countries, particularly on term limits.
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