West African central bank freezes Mali assets

The BCEAO headquarters in Dakar

A regional body has ordered the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) to freeze Mali’s assets, one of several sanctions imposed on its military government. The move follows a decision by Malian leaders to delay fresh elections until 2025.

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), a 15-member bloc that includes Mali, accused authorities of reneging on a 2020 agreement to hold elections by February. Ecowas leaders, meeting in Accra on January 9, said the postponement “simply

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