Mali junta vows to establish 18-month transition govt as opponents cry foul

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Mali junta vows to establish 18-month transition govt as opponents cry foul

Vice-President of the CNSP (National Committee for the Salvation of the People) Colonel Malick Diaw (C) takes a seat with other military leaders during the opening of two days of talks aimed at validating the terms of reference for a transitional government in Mali, on September 5, 2020, in Bamako. (Photo by MICHELE CATTANI / AFP)

Mali’s military junta on Saturday vowed to establish an 18-month transition government to return the country to civilian rule after last month’s coup, but key figures protested the army’s continued influence.

A junta-appointed committee adopted a “transition charter” by acclamation at the close of talks on the handover of power, a move that paves the way for a placeholder government taking over before staging fresh elections.

But one of the most contentious issues remains unclear: whether the transition government will be headed by a civilian or a soldier.

While AFP has not seen the final version of the charter, an earlier version stated that another junta-appointed committee would appoint the transition president, raising questions about the military’s influence.

And some of the forum’s roughly 500 delegates cried out in protest as the rapporteur for the committee overseeing the talks, Moussa Camara, announced that the transition charter had been adopted.

– ‘Not democratic at all’ –

The three-day forum was marked by stark divisions over issues such as the length of the transition government, and the military’s role in it, notably among members of the June 5 Movement.

The loose coalition of opposition groups, religious leaders and civil figures engineered a months-long wave of protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, which led up to his ouster and arrest in a military coup on August 18

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