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Mali: Buhari participates in emergency ECOWAS summit Thursday

President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow participate in a virtual Extraordinary Session of the Authority of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government.

Buhari will participate at the meeting scheduled online at 11am from the Aso Rock Villa.

This follows the political turmoil in Mali where soldiers have sacked the democratic government of President Ibrahim Keita.

The ECOWAS leadership, which had been mediating between Keita and Mali’s opposition groups, had strongly condemned the military putsch and imposed sanctions on the country’s new administration.

The regional body suspended Mali from all its decision-making bodies and closed all of the country’s land and air borders, stopped all economic, trade, and financial flows and transactions between ECOWAS member states and the country.

The sub-regional body has urged the soldiers to return to their barracks as well as reinstate the deposed president.

The mutinous soldiers had on Tuesday arrested President Kéita and the head of the country’s parliament.

Keita subsequently tendered a resignation from office, which is clearly seen as having been done under duress from the soldiers.

Written by ExpressDay


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