West African leaders are discussing today, Sunday, how to respond to the military coup that took place in Mali, at a meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, attended by the leader of the Mali coup d’état, Guetta, who became the new interim president of the country.
Guetta was appointed on Friday as interim president to put Mali on a collision course with the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which insists that civilians lead the transition that is due to end with elections in February. .
The presidents of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, Nigeria, Muhammed Bukhari, Burkina Faso, Marc Christian Kabore, as well as the current president of Mali, Colonel Asmy Guetta, are expected to participate in the summit, who arrived Saturday in Accra for preliminary consultations.
The ECOWAS countries closed the borders with Mali, and stopped financial dealings with them in response to last year’s coup, and the sanctions caused the state’s imports to decline by 30% before it was lifted last October.
ECOWAS and Western powers, including France and the United States, fear that the political crisis will exacerbate instability in northern and central Mali, which is a stronghold of groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche that he “passed a message” to the leaders of West African countries that he “will not stay by the side of a country in which there is no longer a democratic legitimacy nor a transition process”.
Last Friday, the Constitutional Court in Mali declared Colonel Guetta the transitional president of the country, and with his appointment, the court had formalized the fait accompli that Mali’s partners tried to oppose after the August 2020 coup when Guetta and a group of officers overthrew President Ibrahim Abubakar Keita months later. From popular protests.