Mali opposition rejects military junta-backed transition charter

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Mali’s popular opposition movement has rejected a charter for a transition government backed by the ruling army officers who ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The military junta approved a roadmap for an 18-month transition government on Saturday, after three days of talks with political and civil-society leaders.

But the June 5 Movement, which led a wave of anti-Keita protests prior to last month’s coup and which took part in the talks, rejected the document in a statement on Saturday night.

It accused the junta of a “desire to monopolize” power and argued that the final version of the charter did not reflect earlier discussions about returning to civilian rule

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Colonel Assimi Goita, the head of Mali’s military junta,vowed on Saturday to establish an 18-month transition government at the close of talks on returning the country to civilian rule following last month’s coup.

Last Monday, the West African regional bloc ECOWAS issued a new appeal for Mali to make a “swift” transition to civilian rule following a military coup on August 18.

The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States slapped sanctions on Mali after the putsch, including closing borders and a ban on trade and financial flows, and has called for elections within 12 months.

Mali has long been plagued by instability, a simmering extremist revolt, ethnic violence and endemic corruption, with widespread unrest building until a clique of rebel soldiers detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last month.

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