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ECOWAS, Mali To Meet After Opposition Rejection Of Transition Charter

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ECOWAS, Mali To Meet After Opposition Rejection Of Transition Charter

The opposition coalition which led mass protests in Mali ahead of last month’s coup has rejected a transition charter to establish an 18-month interim government until an election could take place.

The military leaders, opposition and civil society groups held three days of talks over the weekend towards a move to civilian-led transitional government. The M5-RFP group said the document released by the junta after the meeting was an attempt by military leaders to “grab and confiscate power.”

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A meeting has been planned for today, Tuesday in Accra between ECOWAS and Mali.

Regional powers have pushed for a swift transition back to civilian rule, as they worry that political instability could undermine a years-long fight against armed groups across west Africa.

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ECOWAS has warned the military government must give power to a civilian leader to head a one-year transition period by today or the country could face further sanctions.

The M5-RFP coalition in Mali says it has rejected a political charter pushed through by the ruling junta.

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M5-RFP said the final version of the charter did not reflect the results of negotiations, which it said included a majority choice of a civilian interim president.

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Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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