Buhari to Attend ECOWAS Emergency Meeting on Mali Crisis

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 19 -The Nigerian-dominated Economic Community of West-African States (ECOWAS) has scheduled an emergency virtual meeting on the political crisis in Mali, to be held Thursday, August 20, 2020 .

This comes after Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was removed from office in a coup, despite the mediating efforts of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who is the (ECOWAS) special envoy to Mali.

“There will be a Virtual Extraordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government tomorrow, Thursday, August 20; on the situation in Mali. President @MBuhari will be participating,”the Nigerian presidency tweeted on Wednesday evening.

ECOWAS has already condemned the military putsch in Mali and pledged a range of retaliatory actions, including financial sanctions.

In a statement, the Economic Community for West African States said that its members would close land and air borders to Mali and pledged to demand sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.

The 15-nation bloc – which includes Mali – also said that it would suspend the country from its internal decision-making bodies.

“ECOWAS has noted with great concern the seizure of power by Malian military putschists,” said the statement, which was originally published in French.

Mali has been in the grip of a deep political impasse since June, with President Keita facing increasingly strident demands for his resignation.

The opposition June 5 Movement, named for the date of its first protest, has been channelling deep anger over a dire economy, perceived government corruption and a brutal jihadist conflict.

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