The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced the holding of an extraordinary summit on Mali on January 9 in Accra, Ghana.
The ECOWAS Commission said in a statement that it “took note” of the communication from the Malian transition authorities of a draft timetable on future elections, transmitted on Friday by a Malian delegation led by Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to Nana Akufo-Addo President of the Republic of Ghana and President in office of ECOWAS.
The head of Malian diplomacy had explained that he had presented Nana Akufo Addo with a five-year extension of the transition seen, according to him, as a “maximum”. The Malian minister also invited the ECOWAS mediator to visit Bamako on Wednesday January 5, 2022.
ECOWAS reiterated in mid-December its demand for elections on February 27 in Mali to return power to civilians.
But the participants in the “Assises nationale de la refondation”, presented as the final phase of the consultations prior to the elections and the return of civilians to power in Mali, had proposed to extend the current transition from “six months to five years. “.