African Union lifts suspension of Mali

The African Union (AU) has lifted its suspension of Mali which went into effect after a military coup toppled the West African nation’s government in August. 2020 

The African Union’s Peace and Security Council tweeted: “The Peace and Security Council, in view of recent positive political developments, has decided to lift the suspension it had imposed against Mali,” the AU’s 15-member security body said in a post on Twitter.  

The decision comes three days after the West African regional bloc ECOWAS announced it was ending its tough post-coup sanctions on Mali, saying it wished to back the country’s return to civilian rule. 

The chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the security council’s decision to lift the suspension. 

He assured Mali of the “AU’s full support to the transitional government and people of Mali towards constitutional order, peace and stability”. 

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