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
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.