President Bio Joins ECOWAS Leaders in Ghana For Extraordinary Summit on The Situation in Mali

President Julius Maada Bio joined his colleagues of the ECOWAS Authority of Heods of State and Government in Accra Ghana from the 30th May, 2021 for an Extraordinary Summit on the political situation in Mali.

President Bio was accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Professor David John Francis.

The Extraordinary Summit reviewed the prevailing socio-political crisis in Mali following the arrest, detention and sub
sequent resignations of the President and the Prime Minister of the transition on 26th May 2021, as well as to deter-
mine the next line of action for the transition.

After the presentation of the report by HE. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria and ECOWAS Special Envoy and mediator to Mali, the Heads of State express strong and deep concern over the present crisis in Mali, which is coming halfway to the end of the agreed transition period. In the context of the security challenges related lo incessant terrorist attacks and the Covid-19 Pandemic with its dire socio-economic impacts.

The Heads of State demand the Immediate release of the fomer President and Prime Minisler of the transition who are kept under house arrest.

The Heads of State strongy condemned Ihe recent Coup d’Etat, which is a violation of the decisions taken at fhe Extraordinary Summit held in Ghana on 1st September 2020 and a violation of the transition Charter.

After extensive discussions on the situation in Mali, the Heads of State and Government took the following decision:

1. Reaffirm the importance and necessity of respecting the democratic process for ascending to power, in conformity with the 2001 ECOWAS Profocol on Democracy and Good Governance. They particular condemn all actions that led to ongoing instability in Mali, and its attendant consequences in the region;
2. Decide to suspend Mali from ECOWAS Institutions in line with ECOWAS provisions.
3. Call for a new civilian Prime Minister to be nominated immediately:
4. A new inclusive government should be formed to proceed with the transition programme;
5. Reaffirm the need to respect the transition period of 18 months decided in Accra. In this context, the date of
27th February 2022 already announced for the Presidential election should be absolutely maintained. A monitoring mechanism will be put in place to this effect;
6. Reterate the earlier decisions that the Head of the transition, the Vice President and the Prime Minister of the
transition should not, under any circumstances, be candidates for the forthcoming Presidential election.
7. Reaffirm ECOWAS support to accompany the transition process in Mali.
8. Urge all international partners (the African Union, the United Nations, and the European Union) to continue to support Mali towards the successful implementation of the transition.
9. Congratulate and encourage the Mediator to persevere with his mediation efforts and remain seized of the situation in Mali through the Local Monitoring Committee.

The Heads of State called for the immediate implementation of all these decisions in conformity with the transition timetable defined. To this end they urged the Mediator to return to Mali within a week to engage stakeholders on these decisions.

The Heads of State expressed their gratitude to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO, President of the
Repubic of Ghana and the current Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Govemment of ECOWAS for convening the Extraordinary Ordinary Summit on the political situation in Mali and for the facilities made available to ensure the
Successful conduct ot the Extraordinary Summit.

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