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Mali experts propose 2-year transition with president chosen by junta

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Colonel Sadio Camara, the former director of the Kati camp, arrives at the Malian Ministry of Defence in Bamako on August 19, 2020. – The military junta that took power in Mali on August 19, 2020, asked that the population resume “its activities” and cease “vandalism” the day after the coup that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his government. (Photo by Malik KONATE / AFP)


Experts appointed by Mali’s military junta on Friday proposed a two-year transitional government led by a president chosen by the army, according to a document seen by AFP.

The text has been submitted to hundreds of participants at a three-day forum in Bamako aimed at mapping a way forward for the troubled country.

Under the proposal for a transitional government, the president would be a “civil or military personality”.

The talks mark the second round of discussions between the young officers who overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on August 18 and civilian representatives, many of whom had campaigned for him to resign.

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The junta, just hours after the coup, pledged to restore civilian government and stage elections within a “reasonable time”.

But many participants at the forum are divided over issues such as how long a transition government should last, and what role the army should play.

The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States has insisted that the junta hand over power within 12 months.

Mahmoud Dicko, an influential imam viewed as the figurehead of the June 5 Movement which waged a protest campaign against Keita, has also backed a swift return to civilian rule.

The talks conclude on Saturday.

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