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ECOWAS suspends Mali, demands protection of ousted President

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali from all ECOWAS decision-making bodies with immediate effect.

This follows a mutiny in the country on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, which has ousted a democratically elected President of the country, President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, from office.

The ECOWAS Commission in a statement dated Tuesday, August 18, 2020, said the decision to suspend Mali from its decision-making bodies was “per the Additional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.”

It said the decision will be in force until effective reinstatement of constitutional order in Mali.

It also demanded the immediate implementation of sanctions against all putschists and their partners and collaborators.

ECOWAS also demanded the safety and security of the ousted president and the immediate release of all high officials in Kéita’s government who have been arrested.


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