After weeks of negotiations by the regional block ECOWAS efforts to restore peace and unity in Mali, the regional body have finally failed in its uphill political battle. The ECOWAS failure sign first appeared when the Goodluck Jonathan committee failed have the opposition party sit at table with the government of President keita. In an effort to settle the Malian crisis, ECOWAS horribly put forward several proposals which include setting up a government of national unity which will have 50% of positions going to the ruling party, 30% will be dashed to the angry opposition parties, and civil society, interest and pressure groups will walk away with 20%. ECOWAS suggested that the new judges be appointed to the Constitutional Court with a specific mandate to settle disputes coming out of the March elections. That winners of the recent parliamentary elections that cause confusions resign their seats in parliament.
However, the opposition have reject all suggestions put on the negotiating table by ECOWAS. Instead, they are demanding the resignation of President Keita, something did consider important for discussion. It appears that the opposition is fighting a losing battle as ECOWAS is not ready to trade her own rules and the constitution of any country and Mali for the matter. "It is a red line. The constitution that governs the country that must be respected. If you don't like it, take the door." This could be a slap in the face of the
opposition and could draw more angry protesters in the streets. What is not known is that ECOWS did not set a timetable a transitional government to return electoral rule. Understandably, the regional body will not endorse any unconstitutional removal of any elected government in the community.
President Keita and ECOWAS leaders. 'We are friends, Joe'.