WEST AFRICAN COURT SUSPENDS SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON MALI | latest news from nigerian newspapers today


By Paul Ejime

Ahead of the ECOWAS Extraordinary summit in ghana on Friday, a West African Court has ordered the suspension of some punitive sanctions imposed on Mali by the eight-nation West African Economic and financial Union with the French form UEMOA.

UEOMA members, comprising in the main former French colonies in West Africal also belong to the 15-nation regional ECOWAS bloc.

The group uses the common currency, CFA franc, which is tied to the French Treasury.

The members belong to the central bank of west africa, BCEAO, based in dakar, Senegal.

The group met on january nine in accra before an ECOWAS summit to suspend Mali and impose sweeping financial sanctions on the country.

ECOWAS later on imposed its own sanctions.

This was when Mali’s col Assimi Goita-led military dominated interim government delayed its earlier transition programme.

An official of the UEMOA Court told journalists on thursday that the suspension order would be followed by “details” of the legal decision.

The ruling followed suits filed by the Goita-led junta, that described the UEMOA sanctions as “illegal.”

While ECOWAS sanctions can be completely different, Thursday’s court ruling might impact decision/s of Friday’s ECOWAS summit, that is predicted to review the regional sanctions against Mali and also think about possible compromise on the country’s transition timetable.

WEST AFRICAN COURT SUSPENDS SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON MALI | latest news from nigerian newspapers today
WEST AFRICAN COURT SUSPENDS SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON MALI | latest news from nigerian newspapers today

Former nigeria President Goodluck jonathan, the ECOWAS mediator on the mali crisis ended his latest mission to Bamako in the week with none agreement on the transition programme.

In a climbdown from its earlier robust stance, ECOWAS has invited Goita to the accra meeting, with developments in Guinea and Burkina Faso also on the summit agenda.

Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso are under military rule a resurgence of coups and regression of democracy in west africa.

It is unclear if Goita would attend the accra summit in person, given the palpable security concerns and mutual mistrust.

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A man who tried to kill Goita with a knife in July 2021, reportedly died in custody throughout interrogation, per the government.

Authorities in Mali have accused ECOWAS of acting the script of former colonial power France, amid strained diplomatic relations between Paris and Bamako.

France is pulling out its forces fighting islamic rising from Mali when accusing the Goita regime of contracting the Russian private security agency Wagner for military support.

In apparent return, {mali|Mali|Republic of Mali|French Sudan|African country|African nation} has expelled the French Ambassador from Bamako and also ordered French media groups RFI and France24 out of Mali.

Critics have accused ECOWAS of inconsistency and ineffectiveness in dealing with threats to democracy in the region, including dubious alteration of national constitutions, electoral frauds and human rights violations, that are partially responsible for political instability and military incursions in politics in some member States.

Also, while the memberships of the 3 military-controlled States are suspended, it’s believed that the sanctions against mali are disproportionate.

The military in Guinea has yet to officially announce a transition timetable, while those in Burkina Faso solely made public a thee-year transition programme on Tues.

ECOWAS, which will be forty seven in may, with a good log in conflict and resolution, management and resolution, now faces a tough integrity and existential take a look at on the political crises in Mali and alternative troubled member States.

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