Goodluck Jonathan, Former Nigerian President, has been appointed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a special envoy to head its mediation mission in Mali.
Jonathan’s mission is expected to focus on facilitating dialogue with all Malian parties including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition leaders, religious organizations and civil society to resolve the worsening socio-political situation in the country.
According to Ikechukwu Eze, his media adviser, Goodluck Jonathan, thanked Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for the government’s support, including providing a plane as well as other needed logistics.
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Mali has been hit by protests that erupted last month demanding President Keita’s resignation, according to The New Humanitarian news agency’s website.
The protests broke out due to anger over the outcome of parliamentary polls held in March and April and dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of an insurgency as well as the country’s worsening economic situation, according to the Premium Times.
Mali has witnessed political tensions over the disputed legislative election in March as some of the results were later overturned by the country’s constitutional court in favor of Keita’s party, triggering angry protests in various cities.