Transition time in Mali: misunderstanding in Bamako in the face of ECOWAS inaction

#Gardner No one now understands the inaction of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which initially rejected a new proposal from the Malian authorities to reduce the transition period to 24 months instead of 36.

An ECOWAS delegation led by the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was in Bamako last weekend. During this mission, the Economic Community of West African States that had proposed a 12-month period for the transition rejected new proposals from the Malian authorities that lasted from 36 to 24 months. In Bamako, few understand what this West African organization wants.

With this new deadline of 24 months proposed by the government in Mali not in the opinion of ECOWAS, the delegation left without giving any favorable follow-up to the technical commission appointed to work on the situation.

Given this very complex political situation, Malians believe that ECOWAS heads of state should understand the aspirations of a country in its quest for stability.

To them, this is all the more incomprehensible because it has not imposed any sanctions on Burkina Faso or Guinea Conakry, like CEMAC has not decided on Chad either. For some, the transition authorities decided that ECOWAS went beyond what is provided by community texts and justified their action by respecting the core principle of good governance.

The interviewed gardeners believe that the transitional authorities have at this time made no guarantees that ECOWAS will ease its restrictions.

In a press release published yesterday, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, the Economic Community of West African States invited the President of Malian Transition Col Asimi Goeta to participate in the work of the Conference of Heads of State of ECOWAS to be held. Friday, March 25, 2022 in Accra.

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