Mali: CDD Condemns Forceful Removal of President

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has condemned the military’s removal of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta from office as President of Mali.

Keïta was forced to resign amid nationwide protests over a disputed legislative election, the worsening Covid-19 outbreak, and insurgency.

West African leaders, Development Diaries learnt, have called for him to be reinstated and the United Nations says all those detained by the country’s military should be freed.

On its part, the CDD, which is a non-governmental organisation, called for immediate steps to be taken to restore democratic order, respect for human rights and a governance system anchored on the will of the people of Mali.

‘CDD is of the position that respect for the rights of all detained officials, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, is a non-negotiable pathway to resolve the political situation in Mali’, a statement from the organisation read.

‘Overthrow of constitutionally elected governments is an anachronism that has never resolved nationally challenges. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance (A/SP1/12/01) is clear in Article 1(b) that every accession to power must be made through free, fair and transparent elections.

‘Similarly, Article 1(c) explicitly states the community’s zero tolerance for power obtained or maintained by unconstitutional means’.

They also urged the people of Mali not to legitimise the anti-democratic action of the mutinous soldiers, but to exert maximum pressure for the restoration of constitutional government.

‘Although the leaders of the mutiny have claimed that they do not wish to hold on to power, CDD calls for such assurances to be assessed, not on the level of rhetoric, but on the basis of immediate steps to restore democracy’, CDD added.

‘It is pertinent to note that Article 36 of the Malian constitution stipulates that if the president of the republic is temporarily prevented from fulfilling his functions, his powers are temporarily exercised by the prime minister.

‘CDD calls on the diplomatic community, including the United Nations, European Union, to exert maximum pressure on the regime until constitutional order is restored in Mali’.

It is understood that Mali has several jihadi groups in its northern deserts and there are fears they could take advantage of the coup.

Source: CDD West Africa

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