Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria Ex-President, mediating in the Mali crisis for the West Africa bloc ECOWAS, said the organisation would probably decide on Friday whether it would lift economic sanctions against the country.
Goodluck Jonathan called the measures imposed on the country by the 15-nation bloc “unfortunate”, when speaking in Mali’s capital Bamako on Wednesday.
After an August 18 coup that toppled president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, West African leaders heaped pressure on Mali’s ruling junta to return power to civilians.
A junta-appointed committee this week named retired colonel Bah Ndaw as interim president, is set to govern for at most 18 months before arranging for elections.
The 70-year-old former defence minister will be sworn in on Friday, alongside junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita, who will serve as interim vice president.
On the 23rd of September 2020, Goodluck Jonathan said that ECOWAS was “eager” to make a decision on the sanctions, which threatens to pull down the Sahel’s state economy.
These are what Goodluck Jonathan told the reporters, “ECOWAS doesn’t want any sanctions in any part of the community”
He continued by saying that it’s up to Ghanaian President and current ECOWAS Leader Nana Akufo-Addo, to announce the decision.
“I believe on Friday after the inauguration, probably he will make that pronouncement,” he concluded.