Following a military coup in Mali, the World Bank said it had temporarily halted payments to activities in the nation, while the man slated to become the country’s new prime minister cautioned that sanctions would only exacerbate the country’s problem.
After France stated on Thursday that it was suspending joint operations with Malian troops in order to urge for a return to civilian government, the Bank’s measures add to the pressure on Mali’s military leadership.
In Mali and the wider Sahel, an arid region of West Africa just below the Sahara desert, France’s former colonial power has more than 5,000 troops undertaking counter-insurgency operations against Islamist terrorists.
It aims to use its clout to pressure Goita to stick to the 18-month timeline agreed upon at the start of the transition by holding a presidential election in February next year.
Mali’s participation in the African Union and a West African regional group was suspended in response to the coup, but no additional penalties were imposed.