Guinea – On Sunday, The West African territorial group ECOWAS stiffened its stance against military-governed Mali and Guinea, forcing new personal sanctions and requesting the two nations to respect schedules for a return of democracy.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) “has chosen to endorse every one of those embroiled in the postponement” in planning elections scheduled for February 27 in Mali, ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou reported AFP after the meeting of the 15-countries in Ghana’s capital Accra.
Brou added that Mali had officially written to the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, who manages the rotating administration of ECOWAS, to illuminate him that the Sahel nation couldn’t conduct elections as outlined.
“All the transition authorities are troubled by the new sanctions which will soon be implemented,” Brou added; the freezing of assets and travel bans are targetting household members as well.
In the last affirmation following Sunday’s meeting, ECOWAS said it “profoundly regrets the absence of progress” towards organizing elections in Mali.
The circumstance has raised worries globally, inciting a UN Security Council mission to Mali before the end of last month.
The Council board members “emphasized they require the Malian transitional officials to accomplish… the handover of authority to democratically chosen civilian officials within the acknowledged timeline,” the official statement read.
On October 26, Mali’s junta dismissed the ECOWAS ambassador Hamidou Boly from the nation, announcing him “persona non grata” (an unacceptable person).
Concerning Guinea, where officers held onto the government on September 5, ECOWAS chose to maintain the country’s discontinuing from the alliance just as sanctions against individual junta people and their families.
It likewise emphasized its demand for the release of president Alpha Conde, who has been kept under house arrest following his ouster.
The final statement lauded the adoption of a change agreement, the selection of a civilian PM and the development of an interim government – resounding Brou after an ECOWAS commission to the nation in October.