The military junta in Mali has consented to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’s 12 months transition programme.
The junta had insisted on a military rule for three years after ousting President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and the ECOWAS also stood on a 12-month deadline for the proposed transition.
A declaration made available to reporters on Saturday after a video conference involving the heads of government; the ECOWAS Mediator, former President Goodluck Jonathan; and the Mali coupists revealed that the junta has settled for the formation of a civilian transitional government in the next 12 months.
The Malian military leadership was mandated to immediately begin the process for a civilian transition in consultation with the Constitutional Court and all relevant parties and stakeholders.
ECOWAS urged them to take into account the appointment of a transition president that “he/she should be a civilian and known for his/her professional qualities as well as intellectual and moral probity and shall be responsible for leading the transition.
“The transition president will not stand as a candidate in the next presidential election.”
The summit took note of Keita’s decision to resign and also welcomed his release, as well as the other detained government officials.