ECOWAS Suspends Mali over coups

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Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, meeting in a regional summit on Sunday, suspended Mali from the bloc’s institutions after a second coup by the Malian military.

Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey told reporters that the suspension from ECOWAS takes immediate effect until the deadline of the end of February 2022 when they are supposed to hand over to a democratically elected government.

She added: “One of the decisions of the heads of state is that they should ensure that in the next few days a civilian prime minister is put in place to form the next government.”

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo hosted the talks in the Ghanaian capital Accra after Mali’s constitutional court named Colonel Assimi Goita as the country’s new president.

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