Unhappy with the turn events in Mali, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has placed the West African country on suspension.
The regional body also demanded for the immediate release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from detention, while making it clear that it will not recognize all those behind the military takeover in the country.
Apart from closing all land and air borders, as well as a halting all economical, trade and financial flows and transactions between ECOWAS member states and Mali, ECOWAS in a statement issued in Abuja, ECOWAS said the military action will impact negatively on the country’s socio-politically.
“Following its statement published during the day of August 18th, 2020, reporting on an on-going mutiny within the Malian Armed Forces, ECOWAS has noted with great concern the seizure of power by Malian military Putschists.
“Utterly condemns the overthrowing of President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita’s democratically elected Government;
“Categorically denies any kind of legitimacy to the putschists and demands the immediate reinstatement of the constitutional order;
“Decides to close all land and air borders, as well as to stop all economical, trade and financial flows and transactions between ECOWAS Member States and Mali, and encourages all partners to do the same.”