African Union suspends Mali, threatens sanctions

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Mali’s membership with the African Union has been suspended with immediate effect and the impoverished country threatened with sanctions following a second military coup in nine months. The AU ‘decides … to immediately suspend the Republic of Mali from participation in all activities of the African Union, its organs and institutions, until normal constitutional order has been restored in the country,’ the body’s Peace and Security Council said in a statement late on Tuesday. … The move follows a similar suspension on Sunday from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). … in a move that provoked a diplomatic uproar, soldiers last week detained transitional president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane, releasing them on Thursday while saying that they had resigned. Mali’s constitutional court completed [Colonel Assimi] Goita’s rise to full power on Friday by naming him transitional president.” (06/02/21)