ECOWAS Suspends Mali Over Coup, Imposes Sanctions

By Amie T. Camara

The West Africa bloc ECOWAS on Tuesday rejects a military putsch in Mali and pledged a range of retaliatory actions, including financial sanctions.

Afrinity Production doubtlessly disclose to you the arrest of Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse by Rebel Soldiers on Tuesday afternoon following weeks of political tension and protest in the country.

With Certainty from Afrinity Production, it is clear of the dramatic move that followed the seizure of an army base near the capital Bamako in that exact morning.

“ECOWAS has noted with great concern the seizure of power by Malian military putschists,” said the statement, which was originally published in French.

Mali has been in the grip of a deep political impasse since June, with President Keita facing increasingly devastating demands for him to step down.

The opposition June 5 Movement, named for the date of its first protest, has been channelling deep outrage over a dire economy, perceived government corruption and a brutal jihadist conflict.

The opposition alliance’s anti-Keita campaign veered into crisis last month when at least 11 people were killed over three days of unrest that followed a protest.

In an effort to avoid chaos in notoriously unstable Mali, ECOWAS then stepped in to mediate.

In a statement, the Economic Community for West African States said that its members would close land and air borders to Mali and pledged to demand sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.

The 15-nation bloc — which includes Mali — also said that it would suspend the country from its internal decision-making bodies.

“ECOWAS has noted with great concern the seizure of power by Malian military putschists,” said the statement, which was originally published in French.

Keita, 75, is currently being held by rebel soldiers outside of the capital.

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