EU imposes Sanctions on Mali’s Coup leaders.

Choguel Maiga
Choguel Maiga, prime minister of the transitional government, is among those penalised [File: Kena Betancur/Reuters] Updated at 1009 EAT on 5 February 2022.

The European Union has placed targeted sanctions on several senior figures of Mali’s transitional government, including the prime minister, citing delayed elections and a lack of reforms.

Others sanctioned included top military commanders who removed former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020, the first of two coups. A second coup followed in May 2021.

“The five designated people are subject to a travel ban, which prevents them from entering or transiting through EU territories, and an asset freeze,” a statement from EU states  said on Friday.

“These individuals, which include prominent members of the Malian Transition Government, are responsible for actions that obstruct and undermine the successful completion of Mali’s political transition,” it added.

Choguel Maiga was named as prime minister of the transitional government by Goita in June last year, days after the second coup in the West African country.

He is accused of failing to abide by an agreement for a new presidential vote set for February 27. The military has said it plans to stay in power until 2025.

Colonel Malick Diaw and Colonel Ismael Wague, described by the EU as members of Goita’s inner circle, were also hit by the sanctions.


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