The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted the sanction imposed on Mali after its citizens removed the President of the country, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.

A military junta had staged a coup which led to the removal of the former president and other top officeholders in August. Following the coup, ECOWAS placed sanctions on the country and suspended the country’s membership. It then mandated the return to civilian rule as a condition for the lifting of the sanctions.

However, after Mali fulfilled ECOWAS obligations by appointing a civilian leader, the organization decided to lift the sanctions.

In a statement released on Tuesday, October 6, ECOWAS said heads of state have decided to lift the sanction.

The statement read, “Heads of state and government have decided to lift sanctions in order to “support” the handover to civilian rule.”


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