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Junta in Mali Propose 3-Year Transitional Period With Military Leader – Reports

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The junta in Mali is proposing a three-year transitional period in the country where President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was ousted last week, media reported.

According to the Journal du Mali publication, General Mahamane Toure, a former leader of the Malian army, could become the transitional leader of the country.

RFI radio reports that during the three-year transitional period, Mali will have a military-led government.

A delegation of the Economic Community of West African States headed by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, which arrived in Mali for talks with the junta on Saturday, has called on transferring power in the country to a civilian government, a source said. But the delegation has also highlighted the efforts of Mali’s military in avoiding bloodshed in the country after the recent coup.

The ECOWAS delegation will continue talks with Malian stakeholders on Monday. A source added that three members of the ECOWAS delegation plan to meet with ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The Malian military ousted Keita on Tuesday. The National Committee for the Salvation of the People was then established. According to Ismael Wague, a spokesman for the committee, the military junta plans to appoint either a civilian or military leader for the transitional period in Mali.



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