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Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Advises Mali on Transition, Reiterates Position on Two-Term Limit in ECOWAS Member States

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Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Advises Mali on Transition, Reiterates Position on Two-Term Limit in ECOWAS Member States

In agreeing on a time frame for the Mali junta to fully comply with the dictates of ECOWAS, we must be mindful of the unique complexities of the Mali crisis.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, January 10, 2022 / APO Group / –

His Excellency the President, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, has advised the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS meeting in Ghana on the way out of the stalemate in Mali, insisting on an earlier position for the return to the constitutional regime and the limit of two terms in the member states. .

“While we could argue that electoral politics is possible even in the midst of a violent insurgency, we must first agree on what ecosystem should exist within which credible elections can occur. In agreeing on a time frame for the Mali junta to fully comply with the ECOWAS dictates, we must be mindful of the unique complexities of the Mali crisis, ”he said.

He therefore urged his colleagues to galvanize their collective efforts to agree on a workable timetable with concrete checkpoints and benchmarks on an agreed path to return the Republic of Mali to constitutional order in the shortest possible time.

Let me also take this opportunity to reiterate my Government’s support for the draft revised Protocol on democracy and good governance, as well as the constitutional issue of a two-term limit. Sierra Leone believes that the two-term limit should be included in the national constitutions of all member states.

“On numerous occasions, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State has asked Mali to return the country to constitutional order by February 2022. But it is also clear to all of us that the Transitional Leadership of the Mali junta cannot do so. . based on communications sent to the President of the Authority ”, he pointed out.

He added that there was already a dead end and that, as leaders in the ECOWAS region, they needed to find a solution to that dead end by first agreeing that the proposed 5-year period by the Transitional Leadership was excessive, especially in light of the fact. that the current leadership had been in power for more than 18 months.

“Excellencies, without a doubt Mali has violated the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance of 2001 by overthrowing the government of former President Ibrahima Boubacar Keita in 2020. It was an unconstitutional act.

“But Excellencies, the issue before us today is what to do collectively to ensure that Mali complies with ECOWAS standards on democracy and good governance and in the shortest possible time,” he concluded.

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