Ecowas, the West African regional bloc, has expressed “strong concerns” about Mali’s delay in transitioning to civilian rule.
It threatened additional economic sanctions if “no concrete progress” was made toward holding new elections in late February, which were scheduled.
Military coups occurred in Mali in August 2020 and May 2021, with the latter resulting in the overthrow of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.
Ecowas also cautioned that there were no clear signs of a return to constitutional order in neighboring Guinea, three months after the military deposed President Alpha Condé.
The military junta in Guinea had promised to hold elections within six months of taking power.
The bloc, however, stated that Guinea’s leaders have assured them that a National Transition Council will be established by the end of December, and that the council will propose a timetable.
The regional leaders met in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to discuss the region’s deteriorating security situation, in which armed groups have increased violence in several countries including Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria.