Following a day of virtual meetings, West African leaders want decisive action in Mali. Members of the 15-country regional bloc ECOWAS called for a unity government yesterday and warned against opposition interference. They’ve also asked 31 current Malian officials to step down, Premium Times reports:
“These resignations will pave the way for by-elections. Pending these by-elections, the Parliament will operate with the 116 remaining members.”
President Keita, a source of protestors’ contention, remains at the helm.
“The two things [Malians] wanted to do is [to dismiss] the Congressional Court because of the trouble. People [want] them to resign because they made a lot of mistakes during the last elections,” explains Abdoulaye Sangho, TWR’s International Director for West and Central Africa.
Even though protestors want Keita to resign, “the country cannot be without a president,” Sangho notes. “[If we] keep the president but get a new judge and rerun elections, maybe we will have some peace for some time.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for peace and regional stability.
- Pray for TWR partners serving in Timbuktu, Mali. Jihadists in this region pose significant risk to Christians and other religious minorities.
- Ask the Lord to guide leaders and decision-makers according to His will.