June 20, 2024

United States acknowledges Mali’s 2 year plan to transition toward democratic rule

Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington
Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington

The United States acknowledges the announcement by Mali’s transition government of a transition into an elected government and urges the prioritization of democratic values, said U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price last week. Mali has undergone military coups in both 2020 and 2021.

Colonel Assimi Goïta currently holds the position of interim Malian President. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was President of Mali from 2013 until he was forced to resign amid a coup d’etat in August of 2020. The coup stemmed from widespread concerns over the legitimacy of the prior election which saw historically low voter turnout amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The United States acknowledges the announcement by Mali’s transition government of a 24-month transition timetable starting in March 2022. We urge the Malian transition government to make sustained, tangible action toward holding elections, including detailed benchmarks and the early adoption of the electoral law. Transparent and inclusive processes that respect diverse perspectives and fundamental freedoms are critical to building a strong foundation for the future,” said U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.

Assimi Goïta filled the role of interim president following the 2020 military coup d’etat until the position was filled by Bah Ndaw. However, Assimi Goïta reclaimed the position after Ndaw was ousted during another coup in 2021 and has held it since.

“We welcome the commitment of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to continued engagement with Malian authorities to support efforts to restore constitutional rule. We encourage Mali and ECOWAS to reach agreement in particular on a robust monitoring mechanism with tangible benchmarks for the remainder of the transition,” continued Price.

Mali scored a 32 out of 100 on Freedomhouse’s 2022 freedom in the world index. This is a 9 point decrease since before the 2020 coup d’etat took place.

“The United States reiterates our commitment to support transition processes to foster a future of accountable democratic governance for the Malian people,” said the U.S. State Department Spokesperson.

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