Mali crisis: ECOWAS recommends unity govt, parliamentary by-election

The Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government has recommended constitution of a National Unity Government as part of the measures to restore peace and order in the Republic of Mali.

This was part of the recommendations put forward by the Special Envoy of ECOWAS to Mali, former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan and adopted on Monday by the leaders during a virtual extraordinary session.

The session was sequel to the meeting by some members of the authority in Bamako, Mali last Thursday.

The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government also threatened to sanction parties in the ongoing political crisis, which would fail to adhere to terms of the recommendations aimed at restoring peace to the country.

Speaking during the virtual extraordinary session, President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to government and people of Mali to consider recommendations of ECOWAS Special Envoy and his team in resolving the political crisis, saying a government of national unity will provide inclusivity and ensure peaceful co-existence.

Present at the virtual extraordinary meeting were the Presidents of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, Cape Verde, The Gambia, and Niger Republic, who is the ECOWAS

Also present was President of ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the meeting adopted positions to resolve crisis sparked off by disputed parliamentary elections held in Mali, which had led to widespread riots, arson and killings in the West African country.

Among conclusions by the Heads of State and Government are: formation of a Government of National Unity to comprise 50% nominees of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 30% by the opposition and 20% by civil society groups.

It was also agreed that given the numerous challenges facing the country, some members of Government will be nominated before the National Unity Government is formed.

These are the Ministers in charge of Defense, Justice, Foreign Affairs, National Security and Finance.

The Malian President was equally mandated to ensure the stepping down of the 31 parliamentarians who emerged from the disputed polls while a by-election will hold as speedily as possible.



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