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West African bloc ECOWAS suspends Mali from its institutions after coup

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Sunday suspended Mali’s membership of the regional bloc in response to last week’s coup, Ghana’s foreign minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, said after a summit in Accra to respond to the crisis.

ECOWAS said that Mali must stick to a commitment to hold a presidential election next February after an 18-month transition period despite last week’s ouster of interim leaders by the military.

In a communique released after an emergency summit in Accra on Sunday, the bloc also said that Malian authorities must nominate a new interim civilian prime minister.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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