Goodluck Jonathan set for ECOWAS mediation talks with new regime in Mali

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By Henry Okonkwo

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, arrived in Bamako, Mali, on Tuesday as mediator of the Economic Community of West African States for talks with the new government in the country.

Colonel Assimi Goita was sworn in on Monday as President of the transitional government.

Goita has further strengthened his hold on power in the West African country after spearheading his second coup in nine months.

To pressure him to step down and quell the perceived political crisis, the African Union has since suspended Mali’s membership and France has temporarily suspended its joint military operations with the Malian Armed Forces.

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Jonathan while addressing journalists, said, “There’s no major expectation, the key thing is that we want to have a conversation with the head of the government who was then (when the summit in Accra took place in May) the deputy, and with the new Prime Minister.

“The military officials agreed that the Prime Minister would be a civilian. So, it is not new.

“So, I don’t think there will be a conflict between the Prime Minister and head of government.”

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