Mali junta agrees to 18-month transition Authorities

BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s military junta, that staged a coup a month, agreed Saturday to an 18-month transition government headed by a military or civilian leader who could pave the way to elections.

Three days of consultations with leaders of both civil and political society groups laid out a charter for the transition, which may also incorporate a vice president and also transitional council which will act as the National Assembly.

The 15-nation West African regional bloc called ECOWAS has cautioned the junta to have to designate a transitional civilian pioneer by next week or face further sanctions. ECOWAS has stopped financial transfers to the nation and has shut its borders with Mali.

The military junta, called the National Committee for the Salvation of the individuals, formerly suggested a three-year transition, starting a new constitution that ought to be written.

On Saturday, the chief of the junta, Col. Assimi Gotta, stated he expected for the aid of the global community.

“I commit you to spare no effort to apply the recommendations of the times of consultations at the exclusive interest of the Malian people,” he explained.

Baba Dacono, a researcher with the Institute for Security Studies who’s closely following the discussions, stated that when a civilian leader is finally chosen, they’ll be near the junta, also there’ll be a powerful military presence in another place of power.

It is probably other civilian participants have hyperlinks to the resistance coalition M5-RFP that held enormous anti-government protests for months before the coup, ” he explained.

The charter accepted Saturday provides control of security, protection, and re-foundation of this nation to the president.

The global pressure for a fast transition is meant to prevent a protracted political crisis that may be taken advantage of by Mali’s rising Islamic insurgency. A military coup in Mali in 2012 resulted in a power vacuum that has been manipulated by jihadists, who was able to capture big cities in the north until France headed a military intervention that the subsequent year to oust them.

Armed groups from Mali’s northwest, especially the Coordination for the Movement of Azawad, that had signed a peace agreement with the authorities, didn’t journey to the capital, Bamako, to take part in the consultations. The junta had planned to go to Kidal from the north to hold discussions a week but had been prevented from weather conditions.

“We’ve got guys, weapons and we restrain two-thirds of the nation and that the CNSP is no more valid than people,” said Sidi Brahim Ould Sidatt, the president of this Azawad group. “We now have two options to make today: We input into the transition process and have made a brand new constitution of Mali collectively in that we recognize ourselves we wait patiently following the transition and we continue discussions with the authorities which is going to be set in place”

ECOWAS leaders will hold a summit in Ghana on Tuesday to go over the Mali transition together with the junta.