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GHANA: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions Against Mali’s Military Junta

Following the meeting of heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, Mali’s military rulers has pledged to return to constitutional rule after Ecowas lifted punitive sanctions against the country for failing to hold elections earlier this year.

West African leaders announced the lifting of sanctions against the military regime accepting a proposal by the Malian military to hold elections and return to civilian rule by March 2024.

The bloc had imposed crippling economic sanctions after army officers staged two coups in less than a year in August 2020 and May 2021.

It also accepted a two-year timetable for the restoration of democracy in Burkina Faso, but told Guinea, a third country which has witnessed a military takeover, it would face economic sanctions unless it could speed up its proposed three-year transition back to democracy.