ECOWAS LEADERS MEET IN ACCRA OVER MALI POLITICAL CRISIS

EYEAFRICA TV: Accra, GHANA: The Chairperson of ECOWAS, Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana, is hosting an extraordinary summit between sub-regional leaders and the Military Junta over a peaceful transition to civilian rule in Mali.

Last week, West African leaders gave the military an ultimatum to appoint a civilian president and prime minister by September 15.

But the military is yet to handover power despite accepting an eighteen months transitional period after consultations with major political leaders in Mali.

 

At Tuesday’s meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, President Akufo-Addo said the meeting is meant to chart a way out of the political crisis in Mali.

Mali already faced a lot of trouble fighting extremists’ groups since 2012, and following the coup in August, West African leaders feared the political instability in the country would present a major security problem for the sub-region.

The ECOWAS chairperson alluded to this at the start of the meeting in Accra when he said terrorists are taking advantage of the situation.

The closed-door meeting is attended by the ECOWAS leadership, the military junta and former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonatan who was appointed as mediator in the Malian crisis.

The M5 Movement, which spearheaded protests against ex-President Boubacar Keita, has threatened to go back to streets if today’s meeting couldn’t yield a positive outcome.

The group is in favour of a transitional civilian leadership.

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