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Mali junta adopts 24-month transition to democratic rule from March

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Colonel Assimi Goita, chief of Malian army junta, attends the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) consultative assembly in Accra, Ghana September 15, 2020. REUTERS/ Francis Kokoroko

BAMAKO, June 6 (Reuters) – Mali’s army junta will take 24 months from March 2022 to revive civilian rule after an August 2020 coup, its spokesman stated on Monday, the newest transfer in negotiations with regional bloc ECOWAS to raise sanctions crippling the financial system

The West African nation’s army leaders have been beneath stress to revive democracy since they toppled the federal government and failed on a promise to carry elections in February, prompting sanctions from the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS). Learn full story

“The period of the transition is about at 24 months,” the transitional authorities spokesman Abdoulaye Maiga stated on nationwide tv, with a begin date of March 26, 2022.

Maiga stated the decree adopted an “superior stage of negotiations with ECOWAS” and Mali hoped sanctions can be lifted.

“The adoption of this decree is proof of the willingness of (Malian) authorities to dialogue with ECOWAS,” he added.

Mali’s putsch leaders and regional heads of state have been at odds over a proposed five-year election timeline that was then revised to 2 – a delay that was beforehand rejected as too lengthy by ECOWAS. Learn full story

The ECOWAS bloc didn’t instantly touch upon the 24-month decree adopted on Monday.

The size of the transition has additionally prompted a rift with Mali’s companions together with the US and former colonial energy, France.

Maiga stated each the ECOWAS mediator on the disaster, former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan, and heads of state had been knowledgeable of the 24-month decree.

“We’re hopeful… the sanctions can be lifted imminently,” he stated, including that an electoral timeline would observe.

West African heads of state met in Ghana’s capital Accra over the weekend to debate the scenario and agreed to not raise sanctions, which embrace border closures and restrictions on monetary transactions, until interim leaders proposed a shorter transition.

The leaders are anticipated to convene for one more summit earlier than July 3.

Navy governments in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Guinea are additionally going through related threats from ECOWAS for dragging their ft on democratic transitions.

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