AVN 63.69 Decreased By ▼ -4.01 (-5.92%)
BOP 8.78 Decreased By ▼ -0.46 (-4.98%)
CHCC 134.50 Decreased By ▼ -3.50 (-2.54%)
DCL 10.05 Decreased By ▼ -0.53 (-5.01%)
DGKC 108.00 Decreased By ▼ -4.60 (-4.09%)
EFERT 64.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.35 (-0.54%)
EPCL 41.30 Decreased By ▼ -2.45 (-5.6%)
FCCL 21.00 Decreased By ▼ -0.26 (-1.22%)
FFL 15.05 Decreased By ▼ -0.76 (-4.81%)
HASCOL 15.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.62 (-3.95%)
HBL 131.10 Decreased By ▼ -3.90 (-2.89%)
HUBC 81.62 Decreased By ▼ -2.58 (-3.06%)
HUMNL 7.40 Decreased By ▼ -0.51 (-6.45%)
JSCL 24.29 Decreased By ▼ -1.81 (-6.93%)
KAPCO 28.35 Decreased By ▼ -0.79 (-2.71%)
KEL 3.71 Decreased By ▼ -0.12 (-3.13%)
LOTCHEM 11.75 Decreased By ▼ -0.24 (-2%)
MLCF 41.85 Decreased By ▼ -0.46 (-1.09%)
OGDC 93.33 Decreased By ▼ -3.02 (-3.13%)
PAEL 32.92 Decreased By ▼ -1.48 (-4.3%)
PIBTL 12.86 Decreased By ▼ -0.48 (-3.6%)
PIOC 95.00 Decreased By ▼ -4.00 (-4.04%)
POWER 9.77 Decreased By ▼ -0.30 (-2.98%)
PPL 83.60 Decreased By ▼ -2.36 (-2.75%)
PSO 200.00 Decreased By ▼ -6.89 (-3.33%)
SNGP 56.60 Decreased By ▼ -2.94 (-4.94%)
STPL 13.15 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.38%)
TRG 46.60 Decreased By ▼ -3.13 (-6.29%)
UNITY 23.00 Increased By ▲ 0.76 (3.42%)
WTL 1.05 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-1.87%)
BR100 4,133 Decreased By ▼ -155.2 (-3.62%)
BR30 21,019 Decreased By ▼ -858.48 (-3.92%)
KSE100 39,888 Decreased By ▼ -1298.86 (-3.15%)
KSE30 16,750 Decreased By ▼ -546.72 (-3.16%)
COVID-19 TOTAL DAILY
World

West Africa leaders press Mali junta over transition

  • The 15-nation bloc gave the new military rulers until Tuesday to name a civilian president and prime minister.
15 Sep 2020

PEDUASE: West African leaders met the head of Mali's military junta on Tuesday to press for the return to civilian rule nearly a month after rebel officers seized power in the fragile state.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) slapped sanctions on Mali after the putsch, including closing borders and a ban on trade and financial flows, and has called for elections within 12 months.

The 15-nation bloc also gave the new military rulers until Tuesday to name a civilian president and prime minister to head a transition government.

"My reason for this meeting is simple. We need to bring finality to our deliberations on Mali," Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said in an opening statement at a lodge at Peduase, eastern Ghana.

"That country can no longer afford any delay in putting a responsible government in place."

Akufo-Addo, the current ECOWAS rotating chairman, reiterated that Tuesday was "supposed to be the day the military junta is supposed to put in place a government".

"A closure should be brought to the matter now," he said.

Junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita, who was appointed interim head of state, was attending the talks on his first trip abroad since seizure of power.

He was set to deliver a speech behind closed doors to the assembled leaders from across the region outlining the putschist's plans.

The military junta over the weekend backed an arrangement for an 18-month transition government, but this was rejected by Mali's popular opposition movement.

Mali's neighbours, who are anxious to avoid the fragile Sahel state spiralling into chaos, have not yet reacted to the transition roadmap.

Last month's coup -- Mali's fourth since gaining independence from France in 1960 -- came after months of protests stoked in part by Keita's failure to quell a jihadist insurgency that has plagued the country since 2012.

The violence has since spread to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.