Akufo-Addo Uncomfortable With Military Takeover In Mali -Pleads with ECOWAS to Return Mali to Democracy

President Akufo-Addo has urged leaders of countries of ECOWAS meeting in Accra to work to ensure that Mali, which is in the grips of a military takeover returns to democratic rule.

At the Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on the Mali Crisis held at the Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel, Accra, on May 30, Akufo-Addo who is also the Chairman of ECOWAS said it was important that democratic rule was re-established soonest.

In a keynote address, he said, ECOWAS is willing to work, “with the basic goal of restoring democratic governance and working for the stability of Mali and of our region.”

Mali was thrown in turmoil when Col. Assimi Goïta, seized power for a second time 4 days ago after a government reshuffle saw two senior army officers replaced within the interim government.

Reportedly, the coup had been pulled because Col. Goïta was not consulted on the reshuffle. He and the army arrested the interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane and detained them at a military barracks.

The two were only freed after they had resigned from their positions.

Col. Assimi Goita is in Accra attending the Extraordinary ECOWAS meeting on the coup d’etat he pulled in his country.

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