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The EU has imposed sanctions on Mali’s Prime Minister Choguel Maïga (M), among others. © Nicolas Remene/Le Pictorium Agency via ZUMA/dpa

From the point of view of critics, the necessary preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections in Mali have been delayed for months. Now the European Union is reacting.

Brussels – The EU has imposed sanctions against representatives of those in power in Mali. According to a decision by the 27 member states, the punitive measures such as entry bans and asset freezes are initially aimed at five people.

Among them are Prime Minister Choguel Maïga, the President of the so-called National Transitional Council, Malick Diaw, and two ministers. Among other things, they are accused of threatening the country’s stability and impeding the political transition, according to the sanctions decision published in the EU Official Journal.

Military has taken power

In May of last year, the military overthrew the transitional government in Mali, which is supposed to be in office until the February 27, 2022 elections. Putschist leader Assimi Goita had himself proclaimed the new interim president. From the point of view of critics, he has been delaying the necessary preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections since then.

The developments in the country are significant for Europe, above all because of the threat of terrorism and the high level of EU support to date. The EU is active in Mali with a military training mission (EUTM Mali). There is also the EUCAP Sahel Mali operation, which provides assistance to the national police, the national gendarmerie and the national guard in implementing a security reform.

Germany had recently stationed around 1,400 soldiers in Mali. Around 300 of them were seconded to EUTM Mali, the others to the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA). dpa

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