Jonathan who the mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Mali is on a two-day visit to follow-up on the Conference of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Mali held in the Nigerien capital, Niamey, months ago.
The ECOWAS mission is also expected to deal with other thorny issues of the life of the nation with the transitional authorities, particularly the holding of the future general elections, institutional and constitutional reforms.
It is also being made within a socio-political context strongly affected by the establishment of the National Transitional Council (NTC), harshly criticized by several political actors, especially over the thorny issue of an “alleged attempt of destabilization of the transition” involving former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and several other senior officials of the country, including five placed under detention since late December 2020.
ECOWAS took strong measures against Mali following the coup d’état against President Boubacar Kéita on 18 August 2020.
Those measures, among others, included the closing of borders of ECOWAS member-states with Mali, and the suspension of the country from all ECOWAS activities. The sanctions were lifted after the military junta appointed a transitional president, retired general Bah Ndaw, and a civilian prime minister, Moctar Ouane.
ECOWAS had demanded that the military rulers appoint a retired military or civilian transitional president and a civilian prime minister.