ECOWAS ‘reassured’ Mali intends to restore civilian rule

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By AFP

ECOWAS commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou said Wednesday the 15-nation West African bloc was “reassured” that Mali’s leaders intend to restore civilian rule in the Sahel state.

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Brou travelled to Mali as part of a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), sent after Colonel Assimi Goita deposed the country’s civilian leaders on May 24.

Goita — who had already led a coup last August — was sworn in as Mali’s transitional president on Tuesday.

As well as appointing a civilian prime minister, the colonel promised to stage elections in February next year.

 

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“On the key points, we were reassured by the transitional president and prime minister,” Brou told reporters in the capital Bamako.

May’s coup sparked diplomatic uproar, marking Mali’s second putsch in nine months.

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