The transitional President of Mali, Bah N’daw, thanked the President and Chair of the Authority of Heads of State of ECOWAS, Nana Akufo-Addo, for his role in helping to resolve the political impasse in Mali so far.
At a meeting held at the Malian Presidency’s Koulouba Palace on Sunday, President N’daw applauded President Akufo-Addo ‘s decision to convene a meeting to address the deadlock in Mali immediately after his election as Chair of ECOWAS.
As a result of the proactivity of President Akufo-Addo and the decisions taken at the ‘Peduase Meeting’ of the ECOWAS Authority, according to the Interim Malian President, the appointment of an Interim President, a Vice President and a Prime Minister for Mali has resulted.
Following this development, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State also lifted the sanctions imposed on Mali following the military takeover, with a view to promoting the transition to civilian rule and the restoration of full democracy in Mali.
With the transition scheduled to last 18 months, President N’daw told President Akufo-Addo that he had named 25 people to oversee the country’s affairs, with the intention of placing the country back on the road of multi-party democracy.
President Akufo-Addo, for his part, thanked the leadership of Mali’s interim government for welcoming him and his delegation and for agreeing to work hand-in – hand with ECOWAS to bring the country back to full civilian rule.
It should be recalled that on 25 August, Mr. N’DAW, a retired Colonel Major and former Minister of Defense, was sworn in before the Supreme Court as President of the Transition, together with Colonel Assimi Goïta, Head of the Junta, as Vice-President of the Transition for Defence and Security.
A dozen political and military figures detained during the coup, including former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, were also released following this move.