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Mali Coup d’État : Military proposes three-year transition

By Jeune Afrique

Posted on August 24, 2020 15:12

Mali Crisis
Representatives of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, left of table, including Col. Assimi Goita, center of row, who has declared himself the group’s leader, meet with a high-level delegation from the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS, right of table, at the Ministry of Defense in Bamako, Mali, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.(AP Photo)

The junta that took power in Mali proposed on 23 August to the ECOWAS delegation a three-year transition, led by a military officer.

“The junta said it wants to make a three-year transition to review the foundations of the Malian state. This transition will be led by a body chaired by a military officer, who will also be head of state,” a source in the delegation of the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) told AFP at the end of the second day of negotiations with the new team in power in Bamako. A member of the junta confirmed to the AFP “the three years of transition with a military president.

According to the same ECOWAS source, the junta agreed to “release President Keïta”, whom it has held since the coup d’état last Tuesday, “who will be able to return to his home” in Bamako. “And if he wishes to travel for treatment, there is no problem,” said the source.

As for Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, arrested at the same time as President Keïta and detained in the military camp of Kati, in the suburbs of the capital, “we have obtained from the junta that it agrees that he is in a secure residence in Bamako,” added this West African official. All information confirmed by the source of the junta.

The second day of negotiations led to progress without a full agreement, and were due to resume on Monday. “We were able to agree on some points but not on all points of discussion,” said the head of the West African delegation, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who was mandated by ECOWAS to try to restore “constitutional order” in Mali, after several hours of meetings.