Mali to face more sanctions over elections delay

More sanctions could be imposed on Mali as a result of the postponement of elections.

Mali’s transition to civilian administration has been delayed, according to the West African regional bloc Ecowas.

Additional economic measures will be imposed if “no real progress” was made toward holding new elections in late February, according to the statement.

In August 2020 and May 2021, Mali saw military coups, the most recent of which saw President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane overthrown.

Three months after the military deposed President Alpha Condé, the bloc warned that there were no concrete signs of a restoration to constitutional order in Guinea.

Guinea’s military junta had promised that elections would be held within six months of assuming control.

Guinea’s authorities, however, have told the bloc that a National Transition Council will be in place by the end of December and will offer a timeline.

The leaders convened in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to examine the region’s deteriorating security situation, in which armed groups have increased violence in numerous countries, including Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria.

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