Mali disqualified from Pan-African Parliament

by | Jun 2, 2021 | International, Politics | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

The West, North and Central African Caucuses have been left with a giant egg on the face as their sole candidate for the Pan-African Parliament Presidency, faces disqualification.

Honourable Haidara Aichata Cisse, the Malian politician and candidate to the PAP Presidency contest will not be part of the next Plenary Session of the Pan-African Parliament which could be mandated to compete for the process of electing the President and Vice Presidents.
Mali has been expelled from the African Union following a military coup in the West African nation. The latest action by the AU means automatic suspension from participation in all African Union Organs, Institutions and Agencies.

If the rotational principle is not upheld up until the next elective Session of the PAP Bureau, the Francophone block might be forced to consider choosing another candidate, who may not have enough time to canvas for support amongst member states.

Zimbabwe’s Honourable Chief Fortune Charumbira could stand uncontested for PAP President if elections are to go ahead against the popular demand for rotational principle.

“Acting under Article 7 of it’s Protocol, the Peace and Security Council decides, accordingly, in line with the relevant AU normative instruments, to immediately suspend the Republic of Mali from participating in all activities of the African Union, its Organs and Institutions until normal constitutional order has been restored in the country,” said the African Union Peace and Security Council in a communique issued on June 1, 2021.

The latest action by the AU follows similar steps by the West African Economic block, ECOWAS, which also imposed sanctions on Mali following a coup D’état in that country.
The Peace and Security Council endorses the decisions adopted by the Heads of State and government of ECOWAS, as outlined in paragraph 8 of, its Communique issued on May 30, 2021, in Accra, Ghana,” stated the AU PSC.

Colonel Assimi Goita has broken records having participated in two successive military Coups d’état in Mali following another one in August 2020 which ousted the then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
In the Present transitional government Colonel Goita had just assumed the position of Interim Vice President.

Colonel Goita then took advantage of his position and had the transitional President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar, Ouane removed and he got himself named President by the country’s Constitutional court.
Meanwhile he has just appointed Choguel Kokalla Maiga as the new civilian Prime Minister. Maiga was actively involved as leader of the Patriotic Forces movement which rallied on July 5, 2020, contributing to the ouster of then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.