facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

ECOWAS weighs next step for Mali

May 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM   |   Comments

BAMAKO, Mali, May 22 (UPI) -- Members of an African economic alliance said sanctions against Mali are a real possibility following an assault on the country's interim president.

Interim President Dioncounda Traore was beaten unconscious by protesters Monday, the day his tenure was set to expire. He had recently struck a deal with coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanago to stay in office another year.

Demonstrators were said to identify Traore with the political class widely blamed for insecurity in the country, the BBC reports. Sanago led the overthrow of the government in March, expressing frustration with the inability of the government to handle a northern rebellion. Rebels in the north have since declared autonomy for their part of the country.

Prime Minister Cheick Mobido Diarra expressed regret over the assault on the interim leader. The British broadcaster suggested coup supporters allowed demonstrators into Traore's office near the presidential palace.

Sunny Ugoh, a spokesman for the Economic Community of West African States, told the BBC that sanctions were now a distinct possibility for Mali.

"I believe that regional governments are already consulting to see how they can respond to the situation," he said.

Traore was later released after receiving treatment for a head wound.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Ailina Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bomber's sister, arrested over alleged bomb threat
2
Major general stripped of title over handling of sexual abuse allegation
3
Texas man acquitted of killing man who killed his sons in DUI
4
Syrian militants seize Golan Heights border crossing
5
Canada offers Russia and 'Not Russia' a geography lesson
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback