Dec 9, 2021

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Mali: Over 140 officials named in Ecowas sanctions list

Almost the entire membership of the interim government in Mali was named in the list of people who were sanctioned by the regional group Ecowas.

The list, which was published on Wednesday via an Ecowas communique, named 149 people, including the 121 civil servants who make up the National Transitional Council. Among them are 21 ministers, including the interim prime minister Choguel Maiga.

Only the coup leader and interim president, Colonel Assimi Goita, and foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop were not included in the list.

The Sanctions include freezing people’s financial assets and a travel ban. The men, women and their family members are prohibited from traveling within the Ecowas region Country.

Ecowashas urged the Malian junta to hand over power to a civil administration after two coup attempts since last year.

The bloc ordered the military to hold elections and hold elections early next year Power. But the Malian authorities say the timeframe is unsustainable.

Ecowashad threatened sanctions against anyone involved in efforts to frustrate the transformation process.

The uprising against the regional Block began with the overthrow of former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.

Faced with the threat of sanctions, the junta set up a transitional government led by a civilian president. About 10 months later, Goita staged a second coup in which the civilian leadership was ousted after being accused of violating the transitional charter. Since then, the 38-year-old colonel has been acting as interim president.

The current Prime Minister Maiga was appointed to gain public support from the junta.

According to Ecowastimetable, the elections were originally for scheduled for February 27th. But according to the EcowasCommission, the Malian junta of Ghana’s President and Ecowaschairman has officially informed Nana Akufo-Addo that it has not been able to meet the deadline.

The Malian crisis, caused by an ongoing uprising in the north of the country, prompted a UN Security Council delegation visit last month.

Ecowas’ insistence on his schedule led the junta to expel the bloc’s special envoy on October 26 after being declared a “persona non grata” . .

The list appears about two weeks after the regional leaders decided at a summit in the Ghanaian capital Accra to sanction all heads of government.

This summit on Jan. November deliberated on both Mali and its neighboring country Guinea, where another group of soldiers, led by Colonel Mamady Doumbou, is under pressure to hold elections in six months from the bloc-imposed framework. On Thursday Doumbouya presided over the first cabinet meeting of the 80-member National Transitional Council, which was set up as part of their own roadmap to civil rule. The leadership of the Guinean junta had also faced similar sanctions.