Ecowas is imposing sanctions on Mali after elections have been delayed



The West African confederation Ecowas has imposed sanctions on the interim government in Mali.

Bamako – The West African confederation Ecowas has imposed sanctions on the interim government in Mali. The authorities of the crisis state had not adhered to an internationally negotiated schedule for democratic elections in February 2022, said Ecowas in a statement on Sunday evening (local time). Ecowas called on those in power to “ensure a swift return to constitutional order”.

The sanctions include a travel ban and the freezing of the financial assets of all members of the transitional government and their families. If there is no progress in preparing for the elections in the next four weeks, Ecowas will consider further sanctions in mid-December, it said.

The former French colony with its around 20 million inhabitants has been led by a transitional government since a military coup in August 2020 and should present the schedule for the necessary steps to the elections by the end of October at the latest. Ecowas had expressed himself on several occasions as “deeply concerned” about the slow progress. At the end of October, Mali had expelled a mediating Ecowas special envoy from the country. Germany has around 1,300 soldiers stationed in Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission and an EU military training mission. (dpa)


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