Mali Coup: Junta Agrees To 18-Month Transition Government

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Mali’s military leaders have agreed to establish an 18-month transition government until an election can take place, following last month’s coup.

Spokesperson Moussa Camara said the interim government would either be led by a military officer or a civilian.

The pledge came after three days of talks with the opposition and civil society groups on a timeline for Mali’s return to civilian rule.

Recall, after the coup, Vantage News reported West African leaders said they wanted a rapid return to civilian rule. Mali’s new military rulers had previously said they wanted the interim period to last for two years.

“We make a commitment before you to spare no effort in the implementation of all these resolutions in the exclusive interest of the Malian people,” Col Assimi Goita, the head of Mali’s military junta, said.

President Keïta was overthrown on 18 August following mass protests against his rule over corruption, the mismanagement of the economy, and a dispute over legislative elections.

Mali’s coup sparked international condemnation but was welcomed by many at home.

This was the fourth coup in the West African state since it gained independence from France in 1960.

A previous coup in 2012 led to militant Islamists exploiting the instability to seize territory in northern Mali. French troops helped regain territory, but attacks continue.

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