ECOWAS Suspends Mali following Coup

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ECOWAS Suspends Mali following Coup
ECOWAS Suspends Mali following Coup

ECOWAS Suspends Mali following Coup

The West Africa bloc ECOWAS on Tuesday condemned a military putsch in Mali and pledged a variety of retaliatory actions, including financial sanctions.

Rebel soldiers arrested Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon following weeks of political tension within the country.

The dramatic move followed the seizure of a military base near the capital Bamako that morning.

In a press release, the Economic Community for West African States assert 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”.

ECOWAS Suspends Mali following Coup

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

“ECOWAS has observed with great focus the retrieval 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, which was coined out for the date of its first protest, has been fueling deep anger over a dire economy, perceived government corruption and a brutal jihadist conflict.

ECOWAS Suspends Mali following Coup

The opposition alliance’s anti-Keita campaign veered into crisis last month when a minimum of 11 people were killed over three days of unrest that followed a protest.

In an attempt to avoid chaos in notoriously unstable Mali, ECOWAS then stepped in to mediate.
The bloc opined the formation of a unity government and other techniques late last month, but stuck by Keita.

But the June 5 Movement has continuously spurned bargain proposals, and has continued to request Keita’s leave.

The political opposition declared a replacement phase of anti-government rallies on Monday.

ECOWAS Suspends Mali following Coup

Keita, who is 75, is presently being detained by rebel soldiers outside of the capital.

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