Published on : 13/01/2022 – 18:27
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday asked the Malian government to present “an acceptable electoral calendar”, as the ruling military junta no longer plans elections on February 27 as it had committed to.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday 13 January demanded from the Malian government “an acceptable electoral calendar”, on the eve of demonstrations in the country, at the call of the ruling junta, to denounce the recent sanctions taken by ECOWAS.
“It is absolutely essential that the Malian government presents an acceptable timetable from an election point of view,” said the UN chief during a meeting with journalists. He said he hoped “to get in touch quickly with the Malian government”.
If “an acceptable timetable is presented and if the government takes steps in this direction, there will be a gradual lifting of sanctions” – border closures, economic and financial measures – by the Economic Community of African States from the West (Cédéao), recalled Antonio Guterres.
“I am working with ECOWAS and the African Union to create the conditions that can allow the government of Mali to adopt a reasonable and acceptable position to accelerate a transition that has already been going on for a long time,” he also said. This could “allow a reestablishment of normalcy in relations between this state and the international community, ECOWAS in particular,” he said.
After a second coup d’état in May 2021, the Malian military junta no longer plans an election on February 27 as it had committed to and is planning a transition that could last up to five years. This position has been widely condemned by the international community, with Russia for its part showing “understanding” towards the Malian authorities and the difficulty of organizing elections in a state where armed groups proliferate.