Buhari, ECOWAS leaders meet over Mali coup


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will meet other West African leaders later today to discuss the military coup in Mali that ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

ECOWAS has strongly condemned the change of government in member state Mali, suspending the country and asking other members to close their border with the state.

“The Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold an extraordinary summit on the socio-political situation in Mali on Thursday,” it said in a statement in the Nigerian capital Abuja, adding that the meeting would be held by videoconference.

Before Tuesday’s the Coup, ECOWAS had been mediating in the Mali crisis.

The African Union (AU) also on Wednesday suspended Mali a day after the coup.

The AU joined other international bodies and nations, including the US and European Union, to condemn the coup and demand the release of the detained leaders.

Meanwhile, Malian army officer Colonel Assimi Goita on Wednesday announced himself as the coup leader and has begun engaging the opposition leaders as part of the Junta’s pledge to transition to democratic rule.

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