Mali’s transitional President Bah N’daw has thanked President Akufo-Addo, who is also the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, for the role he has played so far in helping to resolve the political impasse in his country.
At a meeting held at Koulouba Palace, the seat of the Malian Presidency, yesterday, President N’daw applauded the decision taken by President Akufo-Addo to convene a meeting to resolve the deadlock in Mali immediately after his election as ECOWAS Chair.
According to the Interim Malian President, it is as a result of the proactiveness of President Akufo-Addo and the decisions reached at the ‘Peduase Meeting’ of the ECOWAS Authority that resulted in the appointment of an Interim President, a Vice-President and a Prime Minister for Mali.
Following this development, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State has also lifted the sanctions imposed on Mali in the aftermath of the military takeover, in order to support the handover to civilian rule, and the process of restoring full democracy to Mali.
With the transition expected to last for a period of 18 months, President N’daw indicated to President Akufo-Addo that he has appointed 25 persons to steer the affairs of the country, with the objective of returning the country onto the path of multi-party democracy.
For his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the leadership of the interim Government of Mali for the welcome accorded him and his delegation, and for their decision to work hand-in-hand with ECOWAS towards returning the country fully to civilian rule.
He assured President N’daw of the unalloyed co-operation of ECOWAS towards the progress and development of Mali, and, ultimately, the enhancement of the standards of the Malian people.
President Akufo-Addo also held private meetings with the Vice-President, Colonel Assimi Goita, and the Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, after his meeting with the Interim President. He also held meetings with members of the Diplomatic Corps, as well as with members of the Ghanaian Community resident in Mali.
It will be recalled that Mr N’DAW, a retired Colonel Major and former Minister of Defence, was sworn in as President of the Transition on August 25, before the Supreme Court, along with Colonel Assimi Goïta, head of the junta, as Vice-President of the Transition in charge of Defence and Security.
Following this move, a dozen political and military figures arrested during the coup – including former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé – have also been released.