The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali membership after the military mutiny which led to the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse.

Recall that Newsbreakers reported that the Malian President and the Prime Minister were both arrested yesterday, August 18, in a military rebellion. The 75-year-old president and his Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse, were arrested by mutinying soldiers at Keita’s house in the capital of Bamako following months of massive protests.

ECOWAS revealed this development in a statement on Tuesday, August 18, It also announced the closure of the borders of its member states’ with the country.

The statement read in part, “Also all financial flows between its fifteen members and Mali will be suspended. Mali is also suspended from its decision-making bodies. It called on the ECOWAS Commission to impose sanctions on the “putschists and their partners and collaborators.”

 

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