NEW YORK, 16 June 2021 – The United Nations Security Council has called on the junta in Mali to organize free and fair elections to return the country to civilian rule.

The Security Council called on the junta in Bamako, Mali’s capital, to take immediate action on the critical reforms needed to prepare the country for a credible electoral process.

Mali - Source CGTN Africa

Mali – Source CGTN Africa

French Ambassador to the United Nations de Riviere - Photo Diplomatic Times

French Ambassador to the United Nations de Riviere – Photo Diplomatic Times

Elections are scheduled for next February under a calendar established by the recently ousted civil-military transitional government.

A majority of Security Council members called on members of the junta in Mali to not participate in the election.

The absolute priority of the junta must be the organization of free, fair, and credible elections, said French Ambassador to the United Nations de Riviere.

“The Malian political class must now show responsibility,” de Riviere said.

UN Special envoy to Mali, El-Ghassim Wane - North African Post

UN Special envoy to Mali, El-Ghassim Wane – North Africa Post

Mali's Junta Leader Assimi Goita - Photo CNBC

Mali’s Junta Leader Assimi Goita – Photo CNBC

UN Special envoy to Mali, El-Ghassim Wane has described the humanitarian situation in Mali as “fast deteriorating”.

“We cannot allow [Mali] to slide into further instability with drastic consequences for the sub-region and beyond,” Wane said in a statement posted on the United Nations website.

Mali has experienced two coups in under nine months with the latest coup culminated in the coup plotter, Col. Assimi Goita declaring himself president and picking an opposition leader, Choguel Maiga, as his prime minister.

A Popular Uprising Against Mali's Last Elected President Provided the Excuse for the Military to Seize Power - Photo Deutsche Welle

Popular Uprising against Mali’s Last Elected President Provided Excuse for Military Takeover – Photo DW

The United States has stopped military cooperation with Mali and France has promised to cut off military support if the junta embraces radical Islam.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) led the way in decrying the coup, forcing the hand of the African Union (AU) as both organizations suspended the membership of Mali.

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