US News: Mali: ECOWAS toughens sanctions against the junta

returned to Mali, the ex-hostage Sophie petronin sought by the country's gendarmerie

 returned to Mali, the ex-hostage Sophie petronin sought by the country's gendarmerie © Site Intelligence Group, AFP The French Ex-hostage Sophie Petronin, during a video broadcast on July 2, 2017. released in October 2020 After four years of detention in northern Mali, Sophie Péronin returned to Bamako in March to join her adoptive daughter. The Malian gendarmerie has launched a research notice of the ex-hostage. Sophie Pétronin has never hidden his will to return to Mali.

Les dirigeants de la Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (Cédéao), réunis le 7 novembre 2021 à Accra. © Ivory Coast Presidency Press Service / Seibou T / Handout via Reuters Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), meeting on 7 in November 2021 in Accra. The

of West African States Economic Community (ECOWAS) imposed on Sunday in Accra individual sanctions to members of the ruling junta in Mali because of the delay in organizing elections.

Due to the slow transition to democracy since the coup last summer, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) imposed , Sunday, November 7, sanctions against executives at power in Mali.

"All the transitional authorities are concerned by the sanctions will come into effect immediately," told AFP the president of the Commission of ECOWAS, the Ivorian Kassi Jean-Claude Brou, at the end of a special summit on the situation in Mali and Guinea , where military also took power. These sanctions include travel bans and the freezing of their financial assets, has he detailed, adding that they also targeted members of their families.

The return of the ex-hostage Sophie Péronin to Mali judged "irresponsible" by the government

 The return of the ex-hostage Sophie Péronin to Mali judged if the spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed the return of the old French hostage, released in October 2020, in the country of West Africa, he criticized this decision, particularly vis-à-vis the French military committed.

According to him, "Mali has formally written" the current chairman of ECOWAS, Ghanaian Nana Akufo-Addo, notifying him that it was not possible that the elections take place as scheduled. "Ecowas has decided to punish all those who are involved in the delay" of the organization of elections scheduled for February 27, 2022 in Mali, said Jean-Claude Brou Kassi. The

"strict respect of the transition timetable"

According to the final communiqué, further sanctions will be discussed and proposed at the next summit in December "if the situation persists." At a summit on 16 September in Accra, the regional organization had demanded the Malian military "strict respect of the transition timetable" towards the restoration of civilian rule.

Cedao imposes sanctions against Malian leaders

 Cedao imposes sanctions against Malian leaders ECDEA-SECURITE / MALI-GUINEE: CEDAO imposes sanctions against Malian leaders by Christian Akorlie Accra, 7 November (Reuters) - The Economic Community of African States From the West (Cédéao) imposed Sunday sanctions against leaders in power in Mali because of the slow transition to democracy since the coup of last summer.

end of October, a delegation of the UN Security Council visit to Mali had urged the authorities on the importance of respecting electoral calendar supposed to allow the restoration of a civilian government.

After the coup of August 18, 2020 in Bamako, ECOWAS had suspended Mali from its ranks and stopped the financial and trade with that country, plagued by a cycle of jihadist violence and intercommunal. She then lifted the sanctions after graduating from the junta appointed two civilians Bah Ndaw and Moctar Ouane, respectively as President and Prime Minister of transition and its commitment to return power to civilians within 18 months. But since Colonel Assimi Goïta, the head of the junta, operated last May a new coup by depositing Bah Ndaw and Ouane and by making invest transitional president.

Ecowas then again suspended Mali from its decision-making bodies, but did not take further sanctions. On October 26, Mali declared "persona non grata" the Special Representative of ECOWAS, Hamidou Boly, accusing him of "acts incompatible with their status". This has left the country the next day.

Mali: When the Cédéao organization hardens the tone against the transition

 Mali: When the Cédéao organization hardens the tone against the transition © AFP - Annie Risemberg The Prime Minister of Transition Choguel Maïga during the investiture of the President of the Malian trasishing assimi Goïta on June 7, 2021. (Photo D The heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (Cédéao) decided on Sunday 7 November at an exceptional summit, to adopt individual sanctions against the leaders of the transition and their families.

sanctions against Guinea

leaders of ECOWAS were "condemned the expulsion" Hamidou Boly Sunday. They also maintained the individual sanctions already taken against the soldiers who seized power in Guinea on September 5 and suspension of the country of the organization, said Jean-Claude Brou Kassi.

The leaders of the Member States of ECOWAS reiterated the need to hold elections within six months in Guinea and emphasized "the urgent release" the ousted President Alpha Conde , 83, under house arrest since the coup.

They also named Mohamed Ibn Chambas, ECOWAS special envoy for Guinea, a country tormented history, which has seen for decades since independence authoritarian or dictatorial regimes to Alpha election Condé

in 2010. in late October, a delegation of ECOWAS in Conakry had noted a "positive dynamic" in Guinea "to a return to constitutional order." Progress has been made. There are positive aspects to be noted, "had felt Jean-Claude Brou Kassi who led the delegation, citing the adoption of a charter of the transition and the gradual implementation of the transitional institutions. With

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Penalties of the Cédao in Mali: The Prime Minister and most of his ministers among 149 personalities targeted .
© AFP - Kena Betancur The Malian Prime Minister of Transition, Choguel Maïga, in New York, September 26, 2021. Choguel Kokalla Maïga and almost all of its government are among 149 personalities covered by individual sanctions recently inflicted by the Economic Community of West African States (Cédéao).

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