Malian military junta proposes new timetable for handing over power to civilians

Bamako – AFP

The military junta in power in Mali has submitted to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) a proposal for a new timetable for the restoration of power to civilians, Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop announced to the day before a group summit.

The military council initially requested a period of up to five years, which is unacceptable for ECOWAS, which is holding an extraordinary summit in Accra on Sunday, when new sanctions are likely to be imposed on Mali.

The Foreign Minister, accompanied by government spokesman Colonel Abdullah Maiga, traveled to Accra on Saturday to present a new proposal to Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, who currently chairs the Economic Community of the States of the West Africa, state television reported.

The foreign minister said ECOWAS mediator Goodluck Jonathan, who was on a mission this week to Mali, had asked the junta to reconsider a proposal that power would be transferred over a period of five years, starting January 1, 2022.

The new deadline for the transition process proposed by the Military Council was not specified.

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