Panafrican News Agency

ECOWAS leaders arrive in Ghana for consultative meeting on Mali crisis

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Several leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have arrived in Ghana for a one-day Consultative Meeting on Mali’s political crisis.

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Television reported that the presidents of Togo, Guinea, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivire and the vice-president of Nigeria have arrived for the meeting that will be held at the Presidential Villa at Peduase, just outside Accra. Man countries will be represented by senior government officials.

PANA reported on Monday that a delegation of the Malian military junta, National Committee for the People’s Salvation (CNPS), headed by its chairman, Colonel Assimi Goita, left for Accra to take part in an meeting.

On Sunday, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who assumed the rotational chairmanship of ECOWAS last week in Niamey, Niger, would be joined by his colleagues as well as mediators on the Mali situation.

He said the Accra meeting would form part of several efforts to resolve Mali's political crisis.

ECOWAS leaders at their meeting in Niamey last week gave the CNPS, which ousted Malian President President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita on 18 August, a 12-month transition deadline.

The CNPS on its part ended a three-day national consultation on the transition on Saturday with the adoption of a Transition Charter and roadmap under which Mali will have a transition government for 18 months.

The 500 participants recommended the president of the transition government could either be a civilian or military officer.

It said the transition government would have a vice-president, a maximum of 25 ministers, a council which will be the legislative body made up of 121 members from the defence and security forces and all sectors in the country.

However, the main opposition movement, whose persistent demonstrations against President Kéita triggered the coup, has dissociated itself from the final Transition Charter saying the conclusions do not reflect the views and decisions of the people.

The 5 June Movement–Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP), said the final document produced at the end the meeting particularly does not recognise its role and the martyrs of the fight for the Malian people for change.

The charter does not also take into consideration the majority view for the transition to be chaired by a civilian and also the choice of a civilian Prime Minister.

In a communiqué issued on Saturday, the M5-RFP condemned the unilateral decision that includes several points of the document which were neither discussed nor agreed and denounced the intimidation, anti-democratic and unfair practice of another era against which the fight for change was launched.   

"The desire to grab and confiscate power for the benefit of the National Committee for the People’s Salvation (CNSP), the junta which seized power last 18 August, cannot justify the methods used, which weaken the transition process," said the communiqué.

-0- PANA MA 15Sept2020