The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has said that it will not lift the sanctions on Mali, until it appoints a civilian Prime Minister. The sanctions “will be lifted when a civilian prime minister is named”, ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou said.
On 18 August 2020, elements of the Malian Armed Forces began a mutiny.Soldiers on pick-up trucks stormed the Soundiata military base in the town of Kati, where gunfire was exchanged before weapons were distributed from the armory and senior officers arrested.Tanks and armoured vehicles were seen on the town’s streets,as well as military trucks heading for the capital, Bamako. The soldiers detained several government officials including the President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta who resigned and dissolved the government. This is the country’s second coup in less than 10 years, following the 2012 coup d’état.
ECOWAS levied sanctions on Mali after the August 18 coup, including closing borders and banning trade, and has called for elections within 12 months.
ECOWAS made the announcement as Bah Ndaw was sworn in Mali’s new President five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw, was picked by the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections, which are expected in 18 months.
Col Goita will be his Vice-President.