African Union (AU) has suspended Mali for the second time in 9 months after last week’s military coup.
The first suspension was last year (August) following a military coup after which the civilian-led government was back in power.
As a result of another military coup, the government has been hijacked which led to Mali’s second suspension.
By the power vested on AU, the continental body has called for the reinstatement of the civilian government ordering the military to return to its base or else further sanctions will be imposed.
On another hand, the leaders of West African bloc ECOWAS took down Mali’s membership requesting that the military government return power to civilians within an 18-month transition period towards presidential elections in February, 2022.
Currently, Colonel Assimi Goita, who spearheaded the coup, has been appointed as the transitional president by the constitutional court of Mali.
By Elijah Christopher
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