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ECOWAS envoy to Mali, Goodluck Jonathan, arrives in Bamako to assess the situation in the country

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediator for Mali, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, arrived in Bamako on Sunday as part of his follow-up to the recommendations of the Accra mini-summit of heads of state of the sub-regional organization, PANA learned from an official source.

According to sources close to the Malian presidency, Goodluck Jonathan will soak up the latest developments in the socio-political situation in Mali, particularly the establishment of the Strategic Orientation Committee for political and institutional reforms and the referendum schedule and general election proposed by the government.

ECOWAS has been involved in resolving the crisis in Mali from the beginning, and the mediator, Jonathan, had already carried out several missions in the country to ease tension.

After the fall of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's regime, following a coup on August 18, the heads of state of ECOWAS held a mini-summit in October 2020 in Accra at the end of which they made recommendations for the success of the Transition in Mali and at the same time lifted the sanctions they had imposed on this country in the aftermath of the coup.

As part of the follow-up to these recommendations, Goodluck Jonathan came to Mali at the start of the year and met with senior authorities and all parties involved in the transition process.

At the end of his visit, the former Nigerian president expressed a feeling of general satisfaction with the ongoing process, with the effective establishment of all the organs: president and vice-president of the Transition, Prime Minister and the National Council of the Transition (CNT).

-0- PANA GT/JSG/KND/VAO 10May2021