President John Evans Atta Mills left Accra this morning to the commercial capital of the Ivory Coast, Abidjan, for the extra-ordinary summit of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS).

President Mills will participate in the deliberation of the recent mutiny that ousted the Malian government and apply the desired and appropriate sanctions.
The ECOWAS meeting is currently ongoing at the Hotel D’voire in Abidjan.  The president was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs minister, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni and The Information minister Fritz Baffuor.

In his opening remarks, the ECOWAS chairman and president of Ivory Coast Allasane Quattara, described the coup d’etat as an unconstitutional act, saying the Junta has automatically alienated and outlawed itself from the Community, and ECOWAS calls on it to immediately relinquish power to the rightful Government so that the country could return to constitutional normality.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has strongly condemned and declared the coup in Mali as unacceptable and urged the country to return to democratic rule immediately. The ECOWAS says failure for Mali to heed to the call, would mean that country remain banned from ECOWAS, the leaders indicated.
The usurpation of power from a democratically-elected Government, particularly just over a month before the nation is due to go to the polls to elect a new President.

The action of the Junta is completely at odds with the provisions of the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and seriously undermines the painstaking gains that the ECOWAS Region has made in the last two decades to entrench democratic culture and the rule of law.
Immediately after mutinous soldiers toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure on March 22, the sub-regional bloc indicated that it will not tolerate any military adventurism.

Written by: Akwesi Nsiah/

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