By | January 2, 2022


The transitional authorities initially agreed to carry presidential and legislative elections in February 2022 amid stress from ECOWAS.

Mali’s interim authorities have proposed to its West African neighbours {that a} transition again to democracy following a 2020 army coup be prolonged by 5 years, the international minister mentioned in feedback broadcast on Saturday.

The transitional authorities initially agreed to carry presidential and legislative elections in February 2022, 18 months after Colonel Assimi Goita led the overthrow of President Boubacar Ibrahim Keita.

It has made little progress since then, blaming disorganisation and a rash of violence.

A convention charged with recommending an election timetable mentioned on Thursday the polls needs to be delayed by between six months and 5 years.

Following a gathering with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, the chair of the 15-member Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS), Mali’s Overseas Minister Abdoulaye Diop mentioned he had proposed the higher certain of that interval.

“What was retained was a period of 5 years. That’s the difficulty that was introduced,” Diop mentioned in feedback broadcast by the state-run tv community.

“But it surely’s a query of indicating that this era, it’s the utmost.”

An ECOWAS spokesperson was not instantly out there for remark.

The organisation is struggling to carry the road towards army coups in a area that till lately appeared to have shed its status as Africa’s “coup belt”.

Goita staged a second coup in Could 2021 when he pushed apart the interim president that had taken over after Keita’s removing and took the job himself. Guinea’s army additionally overthrew President Alpha Conde in September.

ECOWAS has imposed sanctions on Malian officers for election delays and promised extra if Mali didn’t produce a plan for February elections by the tip of 2021.

Mali’s actions have additionally deepened tensions with former colonial energy France, which has hundreds of troopers deployed throughout West Africa’s Sahel area to battle armed teams.



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