Mali: Tension as opposition kick against military junta composition of transitional govt

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THERE is a worrying disagreement between Mali’s ruling military junta and the opposition Coalition M5-RFP over the composition of the Transition Government to return the country to constitutional order.

The junta announced Saturday after three days of national stakeholder consultation that an 18-month Transition government had been agreed to be headed by a civilian or military leader. A legislative body will also be set up.

But officials of the M5-RFP, which spearheaded the protests the led to the military overthrow of the government of elected President Ibrahim Keita, have disowned the document from the national consultation meeting. Accusing the military of a power grab, the opposition officials claimed that the announcement by the junta did not reflect the outcome of the deliberations, nor the will of the Malian people.

Informed sources say the opposition wants the transition government to be headed by a civilian, in line with the demand by ECOWAS, which has given the junta until 15 September to name a civilian President and Prime Minister for the transition administration.

ECOWAS also insists the transition period should be 12 months.

One of the names making the rounds, but unconfirmed as a possible head of the transition government is that of retired Gen. Mahamane Toure, a former Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security at the ECOWAS Commission.

Meanwhile, as the world watches developments in Mali with concern, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, the newly elected Chair of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government has convened a stakeholder consultative meeting in Aburi on Tuesday, 15 September. Ghanaian officials say the meeting, the president’s first official assignment as ECOWAS chair, is part of the regional mediation efforts to return Mali to constitutional order and prevent deterioration of the crisis following the military coup of 18th August.

Deposed President Keita has since left Mali for the United Arab Emirates after suffering a minor stroke, according to military sources.

– Sept. 14, 2020 @ 8:29 GMT |

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