Regional Leaders Of ECOWAS Backs President Ibrahim Keita of Mali

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Regional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States have insisted that President Ibrahim Keita of Mali will not step aside as is being demanded by members of the opposition in the country. Keita has so far spent two out of the five years of his second term in office.

But a resistance group, M5, is insisting that the Constitutional Court must be dissolved and Keita must resign before peace can return to the country.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, who spoke to State House correspondents on the resolutions of the leaders at the end of the ECOWAS virtual meeting, however, said the meeting endorsed a government of national unity.

He disclosed that the meeting also endorsed the cancellation of the 31 disputed parliamentary seats and fresh elections should be conducted.

Dada said the leaders asked all political parties to endeavor to obtain the immediate resignation of all the 31 Members of Parliament whose election were contested. According to him, these resignations will pave the way for by-elections.

The leaders, according to the minister, asked the relevant authorities to conduct, quickly, those inquiries to determine and identify those responsible for the violence that led to deaths and casualties as well as public and private properties destruction between the 10th and 12th of July.

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