The European Union (EU) on Friday imposed severe sanctions on Mali’s prime minister and four other members of interim President Assimi Goita’s inner circle.
The travel bans and asset freezes affected five people. Among them are the senior military commanders who overthrew former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.
PM Choguel Maiga is accused of not respecting an agreement for a new presidential election scheduled for February 27. The junta now plans to stay in power until 2025.
“He has decided to ignore the previously adopted reform and election timetable,” the EU’s internal sanctions list said.
Among the members affected by the sanctions are Malick Diaw and Ismael Wague, two close associates of the interim president; Adama Ben Diarra a pro-Russian activist, whose movement has organized anti-French rallies and Ibrahim Ikassa Maiga, a member of the transitional government.