Mali Crisis: ECOWAS Ask 31 Parliamentarians To Resign
Leaders of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) have called on the 31 parliamentarians holding controversial seats to resign.
This was one of the resolutions reached by the ECOWAS leaders at the end of their extraordinary meeting held virtually on Monday morning.
“The Heads of State and Government ask all political parties to endeavour to obtain the immediate resignation of all the 31 Members of Parliament whose election is contested.
“These resignations will pave the way for by-elections. Pending these by-elections, the Parliament will operate with the 116 remaining Members,” the leaders said in a communique issued at the end of their meeting.
The communique was read by Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.
The West African leaders, however, did not agree with the opposition’s call for the resignation of President Ibrahim Keita. Instead, they demanded the formation of a unity government and called on the opposition to be part of the unity government.
A resistance group in Mali, M5, is insisting that the Constitutional Court must be dissolved, and the president resigns, before peace can return to the country.
Crisis erupted after the court nullified results of 31 parliamentary seats in the polls held recently, awarding victory to some other contenders, which the resistance group said was at the instigation of President Keita.
Riots on July 10 led to the killing of some protesters by security agents, causing the crisis to spiral out of control, hence the intervention by ECOWAS.
But the Special Envoy of ECOWAS to Mali, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who earlier paid a peace mission to Mali last two weeks, said: “ECOWAS felt that the violent protest should not continue, so I should lead a special team to go again and engage them (protesters).
Jonathan, who described the outcome of their mission to Mali as partially successful, expressed the hope that normalcy would soon be restored to the troubled country