Leaders from the west African bloc, ECOWAS have given military leaders in Mali an ultimatum to produce a leader for the nation in a week.
The military junta that ousted Mali’s president was given until September the fifteenth to appoint a civilian leader to lead a transitional government.
The west African regional bloc ECOWAS said on Monday, during a summit attended by eight heads of state in Niamey, Niger`s capital that the Mali’s new military government that seized power last month should appoint a civilian president and prime minister no later than September 15, that would lead the country to a fresh election.
The junta is yet to respond to the announcement. The military junta has been holding transition talks with political leaders.
The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) slapped sanctions on Mali after august eighteenth coup, including closing borders and banning trade, and has called for elections within 12 months.
The military government has proposed a years-long, military-led transition back to civilian rule, but ECOWAS Commission chief jean-Claude Kassi Brou has insisted it be led by a civilian president and prime minister for a 12-month period.
Meanwhile, the ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta flew to the United Arab Emirates for treatment over the weekend after a mini-stroke.
He was detained by the junta and resigned on 18 august after months of mass protests.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has called on west African leaders to stick to their constitutional term limits.
He said “it is important that as leaders of our individual member-states of ECOWAS, we need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of our countries, particularly on term limits. This is one area that generates crisis and political tension in our sub-region.
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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup
Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako. The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.
Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.
The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy. The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.
Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.
Ethiopia Charges 2,000 Over Violence After Musician’s Murder
In Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 persons have been charged over deadly violence that followed the killing of a popular singer in June.
More than three months ago, at least 166 persons were killed when violent protests erupted following the murder of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, some in protests against authorities and some in ethnically-targeted attacks.
Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the country’s attorney general, Gideon Timothewos said the arrested persons are being charged for their conduct that resulted in the death of hundreds of citizens.
He did not give details on the charges or on whether any prisoners had been released without charge.
On June 29, Haacaaluu was shot dead while driving in the capital Addis Ababa. He was one of Ethiopia’s biggest musical stars and a powerful political voice, with many of his songs speaking out on behalf of his Oromo ethnic group and calling for more freedoms.
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