The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, the current President of ECOWAS, is expected in Bamako on Sunday 11 October for a few hours. He is the first head of state to visit Mali since the lifting of the embargo decreed by ECOWAS. He has come to take stock of the political transition and to discuss the next steps to ensure that the electoral deadlines are met. But his first message will be “solidarity with Mali”.
First of all, it’s a trip to mark Cedeao’s solidarity with Mali. The country regains its place within the sub-regional institution, several weeks after being suspended, but also after having embargoed.
There is now a transitional president and a civilian prime minister. There is also a vice-president who is certainly military but whose prerogatives are reduced to defence and security issues, and Mali also has a government. Not forgetting that the civilian and military personalities arrested since the coup d’état have been released.
But Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo is also coming to talk about the next steps in the transition. In 18 months time, we have to hand over to civilians. But before then, we need credible elections. We must therefore establish a timetable and, above all, respect it.
Other subjects are on the table: the dissolution of the junta. It is expected to take place after the establishment of the National Transitional Council, a body that will act as Parliament. The Ghanaian president will discuss all these issues with Mali’s President Bah N’daw, but also with the President of the Republic of Mali. Prime Minister Moctar Ouanewhich is increasingly the linchpin of the transition