West African bloc hits Mali with economic sanctions

The main regional bloc in West Africa agreed on Sunday to close borders with Mali and impose sweeping economic sanctions in response to “unacceptable” delays in holding the elections promised after the military coup in 2020. The decision follows a summit of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) leaders to discuss a proposal by Mali’s transitional authorities to hold elections in December 2025 instead of next month as originally agreed.

In a statement, ECOWAS said it found the proposed timetable for a transition totally unacceptable. This timetable “simply means that an illegitimate transitional military government will take the Malian people hostage,” he said.

The 15-member bloc said it had agreed to impose additional sanctions with immediate effect, including closing members’ land and air borders with Mali, suspending non-core financial transactions and freezing the assets of the country. Malian state in commercial banks. There was no immediate response from the Malian authorities.

(Written by Alessandra Prentice Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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