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Mali coup: Opposition rejects transition deal as ‘energy seize’

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A Malian woman holds a poster with the image of Colonel Assimi Goita, the president of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), as she attends a mass gathering of supporters at Independence Square in Bamako on 8 September 2020.

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picture captionFinal month’s coup was welcomed by many Malian civilians

The opposition coalition which led mass protests in Mali forward of final month’s coup has rejected a transition constitution.

On Saturday, the nation’s army management agreed to ascertain an 18-month interim authorities till an election might happen.

It adopted three days of talks with opposition and civil society teams.

However the M5-RFP group, which took half within the negotiations, mentioned the ensuing doc was an try by army leaders to “seize and confiscate energy”.

It additionally mentioned the doc didn’t consider what it mentioned was a majority vote for a civilian interim chief, and “didn’t replicate the views and selections of the Malian folks”.

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West Africa’s regional bloc, Ecowas, had additionally known as for the interim president to be a civilian, however the army management says a civilian or a soldier can fill the function.

The interim constitution introduced by the army leaders additionally states that an interim legislative physique is to be established comprising M5-RFP members.

Mali is combating intense Islamist and ethnic violence, in addition to a faltering financial system.

The BBC’s Africa Editor Mary Harper says the deep tensions between the army and the group which led monumental protests towards ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta solely threatens additional instability.

What occurred to the previous president?

The ousted former president left the nation final week.

The 75-year-old former chief flew to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 5 September for medical therapy, after struggling a minor stroke, army officers mentioned.

His former chief of workers mentioned he may very well be away for as much as 15 days.

media caption5 components that made the coup towards the previous Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta extra doubtless

After the coup, West African leaders mentioned they needed a fast return to civilian rule. Mali’s new army rulers had beforehand mentioned they needed the interim interval to final for 2 years.

“We make a dedication earlier than you to spare no effort within the implementation of all these resolutions within the unique curiosity of the Malian folks,” Col Assimi Goita, the top of Mali’s army junta, mentioned.

President Keïta was overthrown on 18 August following mass protests towards his rule over corruption, the mismanagement of the financial system and a dispute over legislative elections.

The coup sparked worldwide condemnation, however it was welcomed by many Malians.

Mr Keïta was detained by the army, however later freed.

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picture captionOusted former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta fled the nation final week

This was the fourth coup within the West African state because it gained independence from France in 1960.

A earlier coup in 2012 led to militant Islamists exploiting the instability to grab territory in northern Mali. French troops helped regain territory, however assaults proceed.

The coup leaders earlier promised to respect worldwide agreements on preventing jihadists.

Hundreds of French, African and UN troops are primarily based within the nation to deal with the militants.

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