The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali’s membership. This is coming on the heels of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse’s arrests and the subsequent resignation of President Keita.
The decision is coming amid jubilation in Mali after soldiers detained the president.
ECOWAS in a statement on Tuesday also closed borders of its member states’ with the country.
The statement read in part: “Also all financial flows between its fifteen members and Mali will be suspended.
“Mali is also suspended from its decision-making bodies.
“It called on the ECOWAS commission to impose sanctions on the “coupists” and their partners and collaborators.”
Recall that President Keita was arrested yesterday, a situation which led him to tender his resignation.
Thousands of Malian citizens were seen during the arrest cheering the ouster.
Crowds jubilated at Independence Square in Bamako, Mali, and other places.
For nearly three months, demonstrations demanding Keita’s resignation were held.
Dozens lost their lives, a situation that worsened the crisis.