Following the double summit of WAEMU and ECOWAS member states which took place this Sunday, January 9, 2022 in Accra, Ghana, several sanctions were adopted against the Malian junta.
Sunday’s so-called “very harsh” sanctions were imposed because Mali’s ruling army failed to meet the February deadline to hold elections and bring civilians back to power.
Among the sanctions, we note :
- The closure of the borders of ECOWAS member countries with Mali.
- The freezing of Malian assets within the Central Bank of West African States.
- The cut-off of financial aid.
- The recall of ambassadors of member countries in Mali,
- And the suspension of transactions except for basic necessities and pharmaceuticals.
The West African body says, however, that “these sanctions will be applied immediately. They will be gradually lifted only after obtaining a satisfactory timetable has been finalized ”.
A few weeks before the month set for the presidential and legislative elections, the junta presents a new five-year calendar. They subsequently shortened it to four years, through a letter dated January 7, sent to President Nana Akufo-Addo.