The President of the Republic of Ivory Coast, HE Alassane Dramane Ouattara (ADO) has announced an indefinite closure of its borders on the Republic of Mali.
This decision is the latest to come from the ‘Big Brother’ of Francophone West Africa countries, a day after Colonel Malick Diaw and a group of soldiers arrested President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and masterminded his subsequent resignation from office.
This decision was arrived at at the country’s National Security Council meeting which was chaired by ADO.
According to the President, the country took the decision in accordance to ECOWAS’ clarion call on all member states to close borders and suspend all economical, trade and financial flows and transactions with Mali.
Taking to Twitter, ADO said, “This Wednesday August 19, I chaired a meeting of the National Security Council. We examined the security situation throughout the territory as well as the implementation of ECOWAS decisions on Mali.”
Meanwhile, ECOWAS has suspended Mali from all its decision making bodies with immediate effect as per Additional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. The Commission has requested the activation of ECOWAS Standby Force as part of measures to enforce law and order in the country.
See ECOWAS’ statement;