Nigeria says Mali transition government yet to satisfy regional demands

FILE PHOTO: Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who heads a delegation of ECOWAS mediators, attends the Inauguration ceremony with Malian officials in Bamako, Mali, September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Amadou Keita

ABUJA (Reuters) – West African states are not ready to lift sanctions on Mali because the leaders of an Aug. 18 coup have not yet satisfied all the demands for a handover of power to a fully civilian government, Nigeria’s president said on Monday.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it would lift sanctions, which have caused imports to the landlocked country to slump 30%, once a civilian prime minister was named, as was the case on Sunday, among other demands.

President Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel appointed president of the transition, named veteran diplomat Moctar Ouane as interim prime minister.

But in a briefing with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, the ECOWAS envoy to Mali, former Nigerian President

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