ECOWAS sets September 15 as deadline to appoint a civilian transition head in Mali

Giving a deadline to appoint a civilian transition head, the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has asked the military junta in Mali to complete the appointment by September 15.

The decision has been taken in the 57th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held in Niamey, Niger on September 7.

Earlier in the month of August, the ECOWAS had asked the military junta to appoint a civilian head to lead the transitional government post President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was ousted on August 18 by the military pertaining to the ongoing protests in the country. During the time, no deadline was set up.

The ECOWAS has confirmed that the military junta will be barred from participating in the country’s next Presidential elections.

President Keita was held in detention for 10 days and later flew to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment upon his release.

Post the military coup, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse along with other government officials were arrested by the military.

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