ECOWAS suspends Mali from its decision-making bodies, shuts down land, air borders

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali from all its decision-making bodies with immediate effect.

A statement by the community’s Directorate of Communications on Wednesday, indicated that the suspension is in line with the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and will remain in place until effective constitutional order is reinstated in the country. The sub-regional body said it had also closed all of the country’s land and air borders, stopped all economic, trade, and financial flows and transactions between ECOWAS member states and the country, urging all partners to do same.

ECOWAS has strongly condemned the mutiny among soldiers which was followed by the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita and called for his immediate released.

Following its statement published on Aug. 18, reporting on an on-going mutiny within the Malian Armed Forces, ECOWAS has noted with great concern the seizure of power by Malian military putschists.

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