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Sanctions on Mali lifted

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The ECOWAS Heads of State and Government has announced the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Mali, according to a recent statement.

A statement released by ECOWAS on Tuesday, 6 October 2020, said, “Taking into consideration these important decisions for the normalization of constitutional order in Mali, and in view of the need to support this process, the Heads of State and Government [have] decided to lift the sanctions imposed on Mali. They call on all bilateral and multilateral partner to also support Mali.“

According to the statement, the Heads of State and Government demand that the new authorities of the transition in Mali implement rapidly other decisions of the summit, in particular, the release of all officials, both military and civilian, arrested since 18 August 2020 and the dissolution of the CNSP.

“The Heads of States and Government also congratulate the mediator for progress achieved in the political normalization in Mali,” it added.

The statement recalled that the Heads of States and Government took note of the recent nomination and swearing-in of Bah N’DAW as a civilian president of the transition, further congratulating him and expressing ECOWAS’ support for the implementation of his mission.

It added that the Heads of State and Government also took note of the nomination of Moctar Ouane, a civilian, as Prime Minister of the transition, and that the nomination of the president and the prime minister should lead to the formation of the government.

“In addition, the Charter of the Transition published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Mali, taking into account other decisions of the Heads of State and Government, was received by ECOWAS on 1 October 2020.

“These include; the responsibility of the vice-president of the transition in charge of security and defense; the removal of the provision whereby the vice-president can replace the president of the transition, and the provision of an 18-month transition period,” it added.

-APA

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