- Representatives from the military government, civil rights groups and political parties graced the opening ceremony in Bomako.
- Mali’s ruling junta has finally begun talks on transition to civilian rule and has stated that it will step down after the transition period.
- Sources indicate the June 5 Movement leaders were not among the attendees of the meeting.
Mali’s ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been flown to United Arab Emirates for medication. It is alleged that he suffered a mini stroke and had spent two days in a hospital in Mali. He left for UAE on Saturday evening. Kieta was arrested by the military on August 18, a move that forced him to resign from the country’s top seat.
He was later released on Thursday August 27. Keita was in his second term of office and had led the country since 2013 when he took office after a decade long President, Amadou Toumani Toure was overthrown in a coup.
Meanwhile, Mali’s ruling junta has finally begun talks on transition to civilian rule and has stated that it will step down after the transition period. Representatives from the military government, civil rights groups and political parties graced the opening ceremony in Bomako.
It was revealed that there were parallel talks being held in regional capital that were led by the regional governors. The talks follow the August 18 coup that led to the resignation of the president Keita.
Top on the discussion list will be the transition period, the junta had proposed a three-year period before bringing it back to two years. The June 5 Movement on its part, had suggested a transition period of between one and a half to two years.
The talks have been prompted by unending pressures from the country’s neighbor who were concerned about the Mali’s well-being. The country has over the years battled violence from insurgents without much success and a delay in the formation of a transition government was viewed as a major threat.
Earlier the military junta had dismissed claims that it wanted to have a transitional government. The group said that the formation of the new government will entirely be left to the people of Mali and their leaders adding that the August 18 coup was aimed at ending the suffering of Malians, bring corruption to an end and ensure the country forges ahead peacefully.
Last weekend, Mali’s ruling Junta postponed a meeting with the opposition citing organizational issues, a clear indication of a rift among the leadership. The group was set to meet political organizations, civil groups and rebel leaders for consultations.
Sources indicate the June 5 Movement leaders were not among the attendees of the meeting. It is alleged that the group had demanded for a role in the transition rule. However, in this week’s talk the June 5 Movement was in attendance.
The coup came after numerous protests that called for president Keita’s resignation. The opposition coalition led by a powerful Imam, Mahmoud Dicko organized protests dubbed the June 5 Movement that saw thousands of Malians turn up. The country began experiencing political tensions after the results of the disputed legislative election that was held in March were announced.