The head of Mali’s ‘s military-dominated and transitional government on Sunday pledged to West Africa’s regional bloc that he would provide it with an election timetable by January 2022.
Colonel Assimi Goita vow came as ECOWAS on Sunday had expressed “strong concerns” over delays in Mali’s transition to civilian rule warning of additional economic sanctions if “no concrete progress” was made to hold fresh elections scheduled for late February.
Goita justified postponing the election and holding a national consultation which he said would be “indispensable” for peace and stability.
“Mali… commits to providing you with a detailed timetable by January 31, 2022 at the latest that could be discussed during an ECOWAS mission,” Goita wrote to the head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, in a letter.
“The return to constitutional order is and will remain my number one priority,” Goita said.
Following two military coups in August 2020 and May 2021, with the most recent leading to the overthrow of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, ECOWAS suspended Mali, sanctioning officials deemed responsible for delaying elections and threatening further measures.