In fulfillment of all laid down conditions demanded by ECOWAS on Mali in the wake of the recent Military coup in the country, the regional economic bloc has relaxed all its sanctions imposed on the West African nation after it installed a new Prime Minister to lead a transition government.
The lifting of the sanctions comes two days after the West African nation’s new government named veteran politician MoctarOuane, a civilian and former foreign minister, as the new prime minister.
The 15-nation bloc had on August 20 imposed tough sanctions on Mali after former President Ibrahim Keita was ousted by soldiers following months of mass protests against his administration.
President of Ghana, Nana KuffoAddo, Chairman of ECOWAS Authority and President of Ghana in a statement cited Mali’s “notable advances towards constitutional normalisation” as the reason for the relaxation of the sanctions.
The regional bloc in its statement also called on the interim government to release all military and civilian officials arrested during the August 18 coup to unseat former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his government.
ECOWAS further requested the dissolution of the military junta, the self-titled National Committee for the People’s Salvation (CNSP), which led the coup.
Mali’s interim government is headed by transitional President, Bah N’Daw, who served as defence minister from 2014 to 2015 and held several other military positions, with the junta’s leader, AssimiGoita, as Vice President.
The transitional government is expected to hold elections within 18 months.