West African leaders Advocate civilian rule in Mali in days

ABURI, Ghana — West African leaders have highlighted that Mali’s junta should nominate civilian transitional leaders in times to lead the country election therefore, Ghana’s president stated after a regional summit.

ECOWAS insisted the Icelandic leaders should be civilians, rejecting the junta’s proposal that the leaders might return in the army.

“We want a civilian direction of this transition,” Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said following the summit. “From the moment that direction is set in position,” the regional sanctions on Mali is going to be raised, he said. This should be achieved within days, not weeks,” he explained.

The army leaders held discussions with different political and civil society groups to think of an outline for a transition to civilian rule a week.

The regional leaders seem to have approved the junta’s call for an 18-month transitional period to the fresh election, therefore, rather than the one-year timeline the regional bloc originally suggested.

Mali’s junta had previously floated the notion of waiting three decades before conducting a new election, a proposition quickly refused by both ECOWAS and former colonizer France, which maintains a sizable military presence in Mali in which it’s been fighting Islamic extremists.

The regional bloc has closed Mali’s boundaries with neighboring states and stopped financial links to place pressure on the junta. Those sanctions may be raised after a transitional civilian government is set up, ECOWAS said Tuesday.

Col. Assimi Gotta, that directs the National Committee for the Salvation of the individuals, requested ECOWAS to let him consult his army comrades before committing a result of the recommendations.

Other leaders were delighted with the meeting’s results.

“I completely agree with all the ECOWAS tips, which coincide with the suggestions we made throughout the times of consultation about the transition a week,” said Moussa Mara, former prime minister of Mali. “Now the CNSP should move fast.”

Choguel Maiga, a part of this M5-RFP resistance coalition that staged anti-government demonstrations at the months leading up to the coup, said the strain by ECOWAS to possess civilians accountable is a fantastic thing.

But he stated, “there’s a mediation commission which will be installed by ECOWAS that will track the situation in Mali, also it seems somewhat like placing Mali under oversight.” This, he stated, wasn’t acceptable and would have to be revisited when the transition starts.

There’s been widespread concern that the continuing political upheaval in Mali will set back attempts to include the nation’s rising Islamic extremist insurgency. Following a similar coup in 2012, Islamic extremists captured the management of important cities in northern Mali. Just a 2013 military intervention led by France pushed extremists from these cities and the global community has spent seven decades fighting the militants.

“The terrorists are using this problem in Mali to flex their muscles more,” Ghana’s president cautioned after the summit.