Mali Coup: Regional Setback …… ECOWAS To Send Strong Delegation
The military putsch in Mali by a group of army juntas have been described by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria as a setback for regional diplomacy.
Buhari made his position known in a series of messages posted on his Twitter handle, @MBuhari on Thursday after the virtual meeting he had with other regional leaders adding that the coup has grave consequences for the peace and security of West Africa.
He called on the coup plotters who overthrew the government of President Ibrahim Keita of Mali on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 and forcing him to resign to act responsibly and ensure restoration of constitutional order peace and stability.
Meanwhile Mali’s opposition coalition have shown support and interest to work with the coup-driven change of government to restore stability to the country even as the regional bloc plans to send a delegation of presidents including the leaders of Niger, Senegal and Ghana to Mali’s capital, Bamako, to seek a resolution to the crisis.
According to the Spokesperson of the coup plotters Colonel Ismaël Wagué who called themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People had earlier promised that it would organize a general election to allow Mali equip itself with strong institutions within the shortest reasonable time limit and prevent the country’s fall further into chaos.
Wagué in a televised statement urged Mali’s civil and political groups to help create a “political transition leading to credible general elections for the exercise of democracy through a roadmap that will lay the foundations for a new Mali”.
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