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UN calls on Mali ruling junta to announce election timetable

14 January 2022, The EastAfrican
UN calls on Mali ruling junta to announce election timetable

The United Nations called Thursday on Mali's ruling junta to announce an election timetable amid anger over its suggestion of staying in power for five years before holding a vote.

"It is absolutely essential that the government of Mali present an acceptable election timetable," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters. He said he hoped to "get in contact quickly" with the junta.

"I am working with the Ecowas and the African Union to create conditions which can allow the government of Mali to adopt a reasonable and acceptable position to accelerate a transition which has already been underway for a long time," he added.

This could bring back a sense of "normalcy in relations between this state and the international community, Ecowas in particular," Guterres said, referring to the Economic Community of West African States.

In a sharp escalation after months of diplomatic tensions, Ecowas last week agreed to shutter borders with the Sahel state and impose a trade embargo.
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