Mali’s transitional government has given ECOWAS special envoy, Hamidou Boly 72 hours to leave the country. The Ministry of foreign affairs says the envoy is being moved out due to “actions incompatible with his status.” sending a clear message to the regional body that, the country will not entertain unacceptable behavior during this transitional period.
The government was not clear with details on the decision to deport the envoy, however, foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop told the media that, “He is engaged with groups, individuals from civil society, from the world of politics and even from the world of the press, who undertake actions hostile to the transition and which are not in line with his mission.”
Reports from Mali did not indicate whether the envoy left immediately; however, the order which was issued by the ministry on Monday, October 2021 will come to an end tomorrow. Commentators say as an envoy, Boly should have known better to have violated in a country where a coup is conducted and negotiations are in place to resolve issues.
was in the West African country with other representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to continue talks with the transitional government. Others say the fact that ECOWAS did not defend the envoy against the government’s decision could suggest that, something may have gone wrong.
ECOWAS has been in talks with the Malian strongman, colonel Assimi Goita who seized power in the year 2020 and toppled the regime of Ibrahim Boubakar keita to honor his pledge to hold national election as soon as possible to elect a democratic leader for the country or face sanctions from the regional body.
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