- The transition government will be comprised of 25 members in accordance to the country’s current constitution.
- The transition charter that was adopted by around 500 delegates.
- The military to ensure a smooth transition to civilian rule.
As the second phase of Mali’s transition talks came to a close, it was resolved that the transition period will last 18 months. During this time the country will be led by a president and a vice who will be appointed by a commission set up by the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (NCSP).
The transition government will be comprised of 25 members and will be led by the Prime Minister who will be elected by the transitional president in accordance to the country’s current constitution.
According to the transition charter that was adopted by around 500 delegates the president will either be from the military or a civilian. It was reported that a legislative body will be formed from a National council consisting of 121 members drawn from the political parties. The military Junta leader Goita Assimi assured members that the military will ensure the implementation of the agreed upon suggestions. “What awaits us now is the hard work, the implementation of these resolutions,” Assimi said.
However, the decision to either have a civilian or a military transitional president did not go well with the June 5 Movement. They have argued that the people require a civilian leader since it is the people who overthrew the government. This decision also differs with the regional bloc’s demand for the military to ensure that the transitional president is a civilian.
On Monday bloc ECOWAS, demanded that the junta names the civilian president by September 15. The group which has always been in support of the president imposed sanctions on Mali soon after the coup indicating that they will only be lifted when their demands are met by the military. Reports indicate that the Junta is expected to meet with the heads of states from ECOWAS on Tuesday in Accra, Ghana.
Since President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was ousted there has been mounting pressure within the country, region and internationally for the military to ensure a smooth transition to civilian rule. Most of the concerns were raised because of the country’s delicate state of security due to attacks from militant groups that have over the years claimed the lives of dozens. The violence has greatly affected Mali and its neighbors by weakening their governments
In the August 18 coup, president Keita, the prime minister and other government officials were taken hostage by the military a move that forced the president to announce his resignation. The coup followed numerous protests organized by the June 5 Movement that persistently called for Keita’s resignation.
They had argued that the president had failed to stop the attacks from militants, corruption and stabilize the country’s economy. Political tension erupted in the country after the results for the disputed elections were announced last year. Keita who was on his second term in office, became Mali’s president in 2013 after his predecessor was removed from power in the 2012 coup.