Ex-Nigerian leader appointed to mediate Mali crisis

Africa

Mali – Former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been appointed a special envoy for Mali to try resolve the political in the country.

Jonahthan is expected to bring together key parties President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition leaders, civil society as well as religious organisations for a dialogue on the crisis.

His appointment was announced by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, head of the West African economic bloc, Ecowas.

“I have the honour, in consultation with the Chair of the Authority, H.E. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger, to communicate to you the decision to appoint you as Ecowas Special Envoy for the sociopolitical crisis in Mali,” said a letter to the media.

Mali has been wracked by protests in recent weeks, with demonstrators demanding for President Keita to step aside over a raft of issues including disputed elections.

The protests have also been fuelled by weak public services and the government not being able to put an end to inter-communal and Jihadist violence.

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