A UN envoy on Friday announced that the two Libyan delegations to the Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks have signed a complete countrywide and permanent ceasefire agreement with immediate effect. Stephanie Williams, acting special representative of the UN Secretary-General to Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), made the announcement in a press conference.
The Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has lifted the punitive sanctions imposed on Mali following a coup by the Military which overthrew the civilian leadership of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August. In a statement by the Chairman of ECOWAS and President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday disclosed that the West African leaders have decided lift the sanctions after Mali announced a 25-member Transition Government which will lead the country to elections as well as the appointment of former Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as Prime Minister. ECOWAS had earlier said it was only going to lift the sanctions after a PM was appointed in efforts of returning to civilian rule.
The Junta that seized power in Mali demands that the military administration to administer the country for three years until normalcy is achieved, but has agreed to free the ousted President Boubakar Keita from custody. Last week in Mali, the Military ousted President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita from office over continued protest from masses against the plunging economy and unabated insecurity that has bedeviled the country. Source from the West African delegation revealed that the junta has affirmed that a three years administration is okay for them to restore normalcy and review the foundation of the country. The transition would be led by a military officer who will also be the head of state.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has on Friday said it will uphold sanctions placed on Mali until the country appoints a civilian prime minister. The sanctions "will be lifted when a civilian prime minister is named", ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou said. The West African bloc slapped sanctions on Mali after a military coup led by Colonel Assimi Goita overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's government last month. The sanctions include a ban on commercial trade as well as financial flows except for necessities like drugs, fuel, electricity, and equipment used in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mali popular opposition movement said it rejects in totality the charter for a transition government being supported by the military junta who overthrow President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.The Military-junta yesterday ware championing the 18-month transition government after a three-day consultation with other political parties and civil society groups. However, the June 5 movement who was also part of the deliberation kicked against the proposal, saying the junta was only interested in “desire to monopolize and confiscate power”.