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ECOWAS Insists on 31 Parliamentarians’ Resignation, Threaten Sanctions Against Parties in Mali crisis

The Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government today mandated the Malian President to ensure the stepping down of the 31 parliamentarians who emerged from the disputed polls, while a by-election will be held as speedily as possible, as well as threatening to sanction parties in the ongoing political crisis in Mali if they fail to accept recommendations aimed at restoring peace to the country.

 

Part of the resolutions reached at the virtual meeting attended by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Mali crisis, is also the call for the immediate formation of a Government of National Unity to comprise 50% nominees by government of the day, headed by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 30% by the opposition, and 20% by civil society groups.

 

According to the communiqué read by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, to newsmen after the meeting, the Heads of State and Government insisted on the importance and the need to respect the Institutions of the Republic, especially the Constitutional means of ascending to power in conformity with the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.

 

In his opening remark, President Buhari appealed to all Malian stakeholders to consider the proposals for the reform of the constitutional court and the establishment of modalities for resolving the continuous 31 seats issue at the National Assembly.

 

Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that President Buhari equally urged Malian political leaders to consider the fragile peace in the country and the likely spiralling effect on the sub-region.

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