Bamako (Africa6News)- Leaders in West Africa have shown an indication to lift sanctions imposed on Mali following last month’s coup.
Special West African regional body envoy, a Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, said on his arrival in Mali that the military officers who overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta were acceding to international calls for a transition to civilian rule.
His comments suggest the ECOWAS, could accept the appointment of a former defence minister, retired Maj. Col. Bah N’Daw who was named president of the transitional government, which is to be inaugurated tomorrow, Sept. 25., as interim president, with the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, as vice-president.
It would be recalled that West African mediators met at Peduase Presidential Lodge in Ghana on Tuesday September 15 to persuade leaders of a military coup in Mali to immediately hand over power to a civilian government but there was no consensus after about four hours of deliberations behind closed doors.
ECOWAS closed its borders with landlocked Mali and halted financial flows amid concerns from some West African leaders the military coup could undermine their power and democratic gains in the region.