Friday, 13 April 2012


The Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has commended the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government and the international community for the restoration of constitutionalism in Mali.

 Senator Ekweremadu in a reaction to the swearing in  of Speaker of the national Parliament of Mali, Dioncounda Traore as the nation’s interim President, expressed hope that ECOWAS had finally put a full stop to any form of unconstitutional takeover of government in the sub-region.

He described the swearing in which is in accordance with the deal brokered by the Authority on the restoration of democracy and constitutionalism in the West African nation following the March 22 coups as victory for democracy.

 Ekweremadu who lauded members of the international community for supporting the sub-regional body and the African Union to bring pressure to bear on the coup leaders in accordance with the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, called on the interim President to mobilize all resources and goodwill to keep Mali one and ensure a peaceful transition to a popularly elected President. 

The Speaker who is also the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate also sent the interim President the warm goodwill of the Community Parliament and the peoples of the sub-region.

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