West African leaders are holding a meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra as they try to find a resolution to the current political crisis in Mali.
The summit is being chaired by Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo who has said that resolving the crisis in Mali is crucial and urgent.
Ecowas had given the military leaders who toppled ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita up to September 15 to hand over power.
That deadline appears not feasible as the military junta insist on staying in power for couple of years.
Colonel Assimi Goïta who is the leader of the Military Junta is also attending the summit.
Ecowas has already suspended Mali over the coup and had earlier demanded the immediate reinstatement of President Keita.
Keita was forced to resign as president following the coup and there are ongoing efforts to return the country to civilian rule.
Mali’s military junta has been holding talks with various factions for a transition to civilian rule.
The opposition over the weekend however rejected a proposal to have a civilian or a military person assume the head of the transition government.
This is the fourth coup in the West African state since it gained independence from France in 1960.