Indepth News: “As of the time of writing, efforts by the 15-member sub-regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to get the leaders of the military coup in Mali to backdown had failed.”
What does the coup in Mali tell us about democracy in 21 Century Africa?
The headlines, especially in the Western press, suggest that Africa is back again in the news for the wrong reasons.
Misery has really never been too far away, but in the last few years, foreign journalists looking for stories of deaths, diseases and destruction on the continent have had to find another hobby, the trendiest of which is Trumpoline, a riveting show from the White House.
With violent conflicts receding, more orderly transfer of power, better business climate and growing prosperity, Africa has been rising.
And then Mali happened.
As of the time of writing, efforts by the 15-member sub-regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to get the leaders of the military coup in Mali to backdown had failed.
The spokesperson for the new military regime, Ismael Wague, made it look like the coup plotters struck half-heartedly and are remaining in power reluctantly, for three years only.
He told the ECOWAS delegation led by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan that deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was not willing to return to power and then sent the delegation away forlorn and empty-handed.
All of a sudden, memories of the dark 1990s are flooding back.
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