ECOWAS hints at lifting Mali sanctions

Goodluck Jonathan

West African leaders under the aegis of Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, have indicated they might lift the sanctions they have imposed on Mali following last month’s coup.

Their envoy, the former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, said on his arrival in Mali that the military officers who overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta were acceding to international calls for a transition to civilian rule.

His comments suggest the ECOWAS, could accept the appointment of a former defense minister, Bah Ndaw, as interim president, with the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, as vice-president.

Imports to land-locked Mali have slumped since the imposition of a trade embargo.



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