Algeria warns neighbouring Mali against ‘long transition’

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Algeria warned neighbouring Mali’s military rulers on Tuesday against a “long transition” to civilian government, calling for “calm” dialogue after West African leaders imposed tough sanctions against Bamako. Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had on Sunday agreed to a string of punitive measures including border closures and a trade embargo over election delays. The government of Malian Colonel Assimi Goita, who came to power in an August 2020 coup followed by a second putsch, last month proposed a five-year transition period arguing that chronic insecurity ma…

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