Panafrican News Agency

ECOWAS takes decisive steps to resolve the Malian crisis

Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The extraordinary summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Mali Monday took decisive steps to resolve the political impasse in that country, official sources said here.

The summit, held via video-conferencing under the chairmanship of Nigerien leader Issoufou Mahamadou, current chairman of the sub-regional organization, called for the immediate resignation of the 31 members of parliament, including the Speaker, whose election had been rejected.

It also called for the immediate re-organization of the Constitutional Court and the nomination of a national unity government with the participation of the opposition and civil society.

The decisions, which were among several important measures taken, were conveyed by the ECOWAS current chairman in his closing speech.

The other measures concerned "the immediate establishment of an investigation commission to determine and identify responsibilities in the violence that caused deaths and wounded on 10 -11 July, 2020, as well as the destruction of public and private goods".

The summit again called for the establishment by ECOWAS of a monitoring committee for all measures taken and "a regime of sanctions" against those who would act contrary to the normalization process of the crisis.

President Issoufou also underlined that in any case, "ECOWAS will be always at the bedside of Mali, important actor in the ongoing community dynamics for the strengthening of the integration of our West-African sub-region".


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