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West Africa bloc ECOWAS hits Mali with sanctions after poll delay

Al Jazeera, 10 Jan 2022
West Africa’s main regional bloc will close borders with Mali and impose sweeping economic sanctions in response to delays holding promised elections after a 2020 military coup, the bloc has said.
The announcement on Sunday followed an extraordinary summit of the leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Ghanaian capital Accra to discuss a proposal from Mali’s transitional authorities to hold elections in December 2025 instead of next month as originally agreed.
In a communique, ECOWAS said it found the proposed timetable for a transition totally unacceptable.

Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

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