Mali faces suspension over coup
The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) has suspended Mali from its membership, following last week’s overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s government by the military.
BBC reported that the OIF decision comes days after the regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) – which also suspended Mali from its membership, held unsuccessful talks with the military junta over a return to democratic rule.
The coup leaders have said they were not interested in holding power and would hold fresh elections within a “reasonable time”.
A demand by an African head of States to reinstate former President Keïta is now off the table after he withdrew interest to return as leader.
The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie has said it will send its own delegation to Mali in a matter of days.