September 27, 2021

Military Coup: ECOWAS, IFO Suspend Mali From Their Membership

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The Economic Community of West African States and trhe Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) has suspended Mali from its membership.

The decision came a day after envoys from the West African bloc ECOWAS and the new military rulers said they had failed to agree on a timetable to return Mali to democratic rule.

The international community increased pressure on the military junta that has seized power in Mali on Tuesday with the leadership of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie agreeing on the move at an extraordinary session held via videoconference while adding that it would maintain any cooperation that would help the civilian population and a transition to democracy.

Apart from this, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie also called for the liberation of the ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who stepped down from power last week after the military revolt, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.

The OIF called for the establishment, as soon as possible, of “a transition government led by a civilian authority”. The OIF said it would be sending a high-delegation to Mali in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the international community has already condemned the August 18 Military coup.

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