Mali junta moots five-year transition to civilian rule

The former French colony has a long history of national consultations.
Mali junta moots five-year transition to civilian rule

Colonel Assimi Goita

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Mali's military-dominated government on Thursday suggested that the poor Sahel country might take five years to return to democratic rule after holding a four-day 'reform conference.'

A transition of between six months and five years will enable the junta to 'carry out structural institutional reforms and (organise) credible, fair and transparent elections,' according to a document read out at the end of the forum.

In August 2020, young officers led by Mali's transitional president, Colonel Assimi Goita, toppled the country's elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, after weeks of street protests over perceived corruption and his handling of a bloody jihadist insurgency.

Under pressure from France and Mali's neighbours, Goita pledged that Mali would return to civilian rule in February 2022 after holding presidential and legislative elections.

But in May this year, he staged a de facto second coup, forcing out an interim civilian government and disrupting the timetable.

The former French colony has a long history of national consultations.

But several major parties and social organisations have snubbed the process this time, demanding the swift holding of elections or criticising the discussions as fruitless.

AFP

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