#Gardner : While ECOWAS tries to pressure the Malian transition authorities to expedite the transfer of power to citizens, its representative in Bamako has been expelled by the foreign minister. A situation that Malians welcome differently.
On Monday, October 25, 2021, the Special Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Mali was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, where he was informed of the government’s decision. Given her actions inconsistent with her statute, her “persona non greta”. Malian public opinion seems rather to support this decision, although some call for more restraint.
According to Foreign Affairs Minister Abdoulaye Diop, the responsibility of diplomats is safe and fair. “They should not interfere in the affairs of the country.” He specifies that before reaching this stage, “the representative of ECOWAS received several warnings which were addressed to him, then to the ECOWAS Commission and even to the current Presidency. However, the persons concerned engage in those activities.” lives that are incompatible with its mission,” he said.
Many support the initiative, including organizing street demonstrations to protest regional organization’s pressure on the authorities.
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