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MALI Peace Summit Turned Deadlock As Buhari Arrives Home

The meeting was eventually unable to produce the outcome it required.

President Muhammadu Buhari returned from Mali to Nigeria on Thursday after the troubled West African country's peace summit ended in a deadlock.

President Buhari and other West African leaders, together with the ECOWAS Special Envoy led by former President Goodluck Jonathan, attended a peace summit in Mali on Thursday to end the ongoing state crisis.

Host President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, who is the Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Presidents Machy Sall of Senegal, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, and Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire also represented other African leaders at the conference.

Opposition chief Imam Mahmoud Dicko and opposition alliance leaders, M5 and Civil Society Organisations also attended the conference.

The meeting was eventually unable to produce the outcome it required.

Buhari's spokesman Femi Adesina shared in a statement on Friday what happened during the meeting,

At the meeting, he said the leaders were listening to a brief from Jonathan, the ECOWAS Special Envoy.

“The host President also briefed the Heads of State and government on the socio-political situation in the country, especially the disagreements that spiralled into protests and violence.”

Nevertheless, Adesina noted that after several hours of consultations in the nation's capital, Bamako, Issoufou promised that the sub-regional body would do whatever it could to resolve the political crisis in Mali.

Speaking to newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, Issoufou, said an extra-ordinary virtual meeting of ECOWAS Heads of State and government would be held on Monday 27 July, 2020, to further deliberate on the issues raised, with a view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

He said the sub-regional leaders had already agreed there would be a need for a solution to preserve the peace and integrity of the country, adding that allowing a political crisis to fester in Mali would affect the security situation in West Africa, particularly neighbouring countries.

The Chairman of the ECOWAS commended the former President of Nigeria, Jonathan, for agreeing to lead an initial mission to the country to negotiate peace and make findings, while appreciating all the leaders from Western Africa who attended.

Earlier, the Ghanaian president said that the ECOWAS protocol should be followed, adding that the sub-regional body's democratic principle explicitly states that a president can only be elected and voted out by referendum until he completes his term of office.

The Ghanaian leader noted that it would adhere to the protocol to ensure security and peace in the sub-region.

A community M5, insists the Constitutional Court must be disbanded and the President of Mali resign before there is peace in the country.

The group staged a protest that later led to the ongoing crisis in Mali, after the court had recently nullified the results of 31 parliamentary seats in the polls, giving some other contender victory.

The protesting party, however, accused President Keita of provoking court ruling.

The crisis escalated after security forces killed some of the demonstrators on July 10, a development that warranted ECOWAS envoy to the region.

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