President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akkufo-Addo will on Thursday July 23, 2020 embark on a trip to the West African country of Mali.
This will be the first foreign trip after the president announced restrictions including the closure of borders in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The president will join his colleagues from Niger, Senegal and Ivory Coast have been tasked by the African Union to lead mediation effort to resolve the political impasse Opposition groups in Mali have been calling for president Keïta to stand down over his handling of Mali’s long-running violence by armed militant groups, an economic crisis and the disputed elections.
The opposition groups in Mali have been calling for president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resign from his office over handling of Mali’s long-running violence by armed militant groups, an economic crisis and the disputed elections that has retarded the countries progression..
They have also rejected recommendations by the Economic Community of West African States team for the formation of a unity government and reconstitution of the country’s top court which overturned the disputed legislative elections held in March.
The opposition expects President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta to resign and pave way for other people.In response to that ECOWAS do not support the idea of the president to step aside.
Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan who is leading the ECOWAS delegation to Mali stated that the leaders must be elected and they should leave under constitutional processes otherwise there would be what he called “Banana Republics”.
Mr Jonathan said ECOWAS cannot preside over the removal of an elected president, adding that not even the African Union or the United Nations can do so.
Paa Kweku Eshun| Talksafrica.com