ECOWAS says Mali on track to normal life after interim appointments

ECOWAS says Mali on track to normal life after interim appointments

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the appointment of Mali’s interim president and vice president seems to be a step towards normalising life in the country after the recent coup.


The Head of ECOWAS Delegation to Mali, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, said this on Friday in Mali.


The military junta that staged the coup in Mali, earlier this week appointed former Defence Minister Ba N’Daou as the transition president and Col. Assimi Goita as vice president.


The two men are expected to be in office for 18 months before a new government is established.


“Ahead of Friday’s scheduled inauguration of the leaders of Mali’s transition government, the ECOWAS mediation team today met with some stakeholders.


“The stakeholders, include Mr. Bah Ndaw, President-Designate and Col. Assimi Goita, President of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) and Vice President-Designate, who will be taking the oath of office at the official ceremony.


“We are optimistic that this event will signal the beginning of the return to normalcy in Mali,” Jonathan wrote on Twitter on Thursday.


On Aug. 18, the military coup in Mali began near the capital city of Bamako and resulted in resignation of then-President Ibrahim Keita and his government.


The coup leaders established the CNSP, which would function as the governing body until the transition government takes power.


Earlier in September, the 15-nation ECOWAS asked the junta to appoint members of government for a transitional period until Sept. 23, threatening that it would otherwise impose full sanctions on the country.

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