Panafrican News Agency

ECOWAS envoys meet with politicians, civil society organizations to resolve Mali crisis

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Envoys of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who arrived Wednesday in Bamako met Thursday with leaders of the Movement of 5 June-Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP), the presidential movement, members of the Supreme Court, representatives of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) and the outgoing Minister of Territorial Administration, Boubacar Bah, to work out a solution to the Malian crisis, PANA learned from official sources.

The meeting followed the demonstrations, held on 10, 11 and 12 July, at the instance of M5-RFP, which has called for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita and his regime.

M5-RFP has accused President Keita of "bad governance" and "mismanagement" of the country as the protest left at least 11 people dead and more than 100 injured.

The ECOWAS mission, led by the former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, will continue its meetings with stakeholders on Friday.

It has already met with the Malian leader, Keita, the influential Imam Mahmoud Dicko, who is the brain behind the massive demonstrations, and the Prime Minister, Boubou Cissé.

At the end of all the meetings, the ECOWAS experts is expected to come up with recommendations for a way out of the crisis.

Briefing the mission earlier, Imam Dicko said that "the real problem is fishing out those responsible for the killings, saying that President Keita's resignation is the group's priority.

He suggested that ECOWAS should come to Mali and rescue President Kéita, whom they described as disqualified.

Ms. Sy Kadiatou Sow, another M5-RFP official, said that after the first ECOWAS mission which visited Bamako from 18 to 20 June 2020, had made some recommendations, including the establishment of a Government of National Accord and the renewal of the Constitutional Court. She said those recommendations were never implemented.

According to hospital sources, at least 11 people were killed and more than 120 injured during the protests, while the M5-RFP reports 23 dead and more than 150 injured.

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