Mali- Opposition Rejects Transition Agreement, Says It Favors Military

  • The opposition further criticizes that the unveiled transition arrangement fails to recognize the role of the M5- RFP.
  • Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS ) calls for the return of civilians to power, at the end of a civilian-led transition.
  • Mali is experiencing intercommunity violence and frequent ‘ jihadist ‘ attacks.

The Malian opposition (M5-RFP movement) today distanced itself from the country’s transition plan brokered on Saturday by the military and the country’s various political forces after days of negotiations with the groups. They argue that it is creating an avenue for the military to continue governing the nation.

Last month’s coup was welcomed by many Malian civilians.

Through a statement, the opposition group stated that the transition plan, announced two days ago, which envisages a transitional government for two years, fell below the demands of the majority of participants that a civilian be nominated both as the interim president and prime minister during the transition phase.

The opposition further criticizes that the unveiled transition arrangement for failing to recognize what it describes as the role of the M5- RFP [which fought against the previous regime and supported the military coup] and martyrs in the struggle of the people of Mali for change.

Experts appointed by the junta that overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita , on 18 August , adopted the agreed upon transition plan after three days of discussions in Bamako between politicians, civil and military society, and were presided over by the chairman of the National Committee the Salvation of the People ( CNSP , military), Assimi Goita , responsible for the coup against former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita .

Mali’s political transition roadmap, with a proposed duration of 18 months, begins with the appointment of an interim President and Vice President, by a council elected by the CNSP , but leaves open the possibility of the military directing the transition period.

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, as they demonstrate to show support.

In addition to the M5- RFP , the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS ) calls for the return of civilians to power, at the end of a civilian-led transition, and for the next transition phase to last less than a year.

The ECOWAS imposed an embargo on trade and transactions financial Mali and gave a deadline to the board until Tuesday to appoint a president and a transitional prime minister who must be civilians.

The head of Mali’s junta, Colonel Assimi Goita , promised on Saturday to institute a government to restore civilian power within 18 months after the adoption of the transitional plan.

Following the August 18 coup , several officials from the Keita government were arrested and later released, following ECOWAS mediation .

The former President recently left Bamako on board a special flight allegedly to receive treatment abroad.

The military junta, Colonel Assimi Goïta is the head of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People which has currently embarked on promoting consultations with various civil political formations in the country to prepare the transition process.

In addition to political instability, Mali is experiencing inter-community violence and frequent ‘ jihadist ‘ attacks against the Malian army and foreign forces, including French, deployed in large areas in the center and north of the country.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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