Junta to nominate Mali chief in two-year transition, proposal says


┬áConstitutional consultants raised the prospect of two years of military-led rule in Mali following final month’s coup at talks on Friday, defying calls by the West African financial bloc ECOWAS for elections inside a yr.

The Aug. 18 coup that toppled Ibrahim Boubacar Keita led to swift financial sanctions by ECOWAS, which fears it may set a harmful precedent within the area and undermine the combat in opposition to Islamist militants throughout West Africa’s Sahel area.

The consultants’ suggestions emerged on the second day of talks on a transition. ECOWAS, which stands for the Financial Group of West African States, has given the ruling junta till Tuesday to call a transitional president and prime minister.

In an eight-page “constitution of the transition” the consultants wrote transitional interval of 24 months was wanted “in gentle of the complexity, the gravity and the structural depth of the Malian disaster”.

They beneficial that the ruling junta, the Nationwide Committee for the Salvation of the Individuals (CNSP), select the interim president and vice chairman and suggest the prime minister, who can be appointed by the interim president.