Prez Akufo-Addo to convene ECOWAS meeting over Mali crisis

Prez Akufo-Addo to convene ECOWAS meeting over Mali crisis

Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Tuesday, September 15, convene a consultative meeting with members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deliberate on measures to resolve the political crisis in Mali.

The meeting will take place at Peduase in the Eastern Region.

President Akufo-Addo was elected Chairman of the ECOWAS last Monday, September 7, 2020.

At a press briefing in Accra on Sunday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said President Akufo-Addo hopes to reach a consensus aimed at preventing an escalation of the tensions in Mali.


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Mali crisis

Mali's President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was overthrown on August 18, 2020.

Mr Keïta won a second term in elections in 2018, but there has been anger over corruption, the mismanagement of the economy and a dispute over legislative elections. It has prompted several large protests in recent months.

Following his overthrow, Mr Keïta was detained by the soldiers but was later freed.

This was the fourth coup in the West African state since it gained independence from France in 1960.