Mali’s military rulers have launched a three-day “national consultation” with members of political parties, unions and civil society groups, facing pressure at home and abroad over their plans to return to civilian rule in the country.
About 500 people were expected to attend Thursday’s stage at a convention center in the capital Bamako.
The talks include a second round of discussion between officials who overthrew President Ibrahim Baubkar Keita and civilian representatives last month, many of whom have held protests for several weeks against the country’s economic crisis and the spiraling security crisis. It was fiercely publicized.
At stake is how well the military government intends on its promise made just hours after the August 18 coup, to restore civilian rule and stage elections within a “reasonable” timeframe.
About 100 supporters of M5-RFP, The anti-K coalition, which led the protests against him, Clash with police at the entrance of the convention center delayed the start of Thursday’s talks.
The initial jubilee among many Malians was sparked by questions over Keita’s exit, as well as divisions about the speed of handovers and the military role in the transition period.
Mali’s neighbors watched with concern, fearing that the country may move into chaos at the heart of the fight against armed groups in the Sahel region.
Mali’s years of violence, including Al-Qaeda and ISIL-linked armed groups fending off ethnic tensions while juggling for power, have also spread to neighboring countries of Niger and Burkina Faso, Which are destabilizing the wider region. A huge humanitarian crisis.
According to the fighters, citing military officials, the fighters killed three Malian soldiers and destroyed two vehicles in an ambush near Alagona, Sigou area in central Mali on Wednesday.
The military government initially talked about a three-year transition, according to Keita’s time remaining in his second five-year mandate, which would oversee a soldier.
In contrast, the 15-country Regional Bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) insisted on banning trade with Mali, imposing restrictions on borders and a maximum period of 12 months.
In the order of the talks, Mali said that the chairman and prime minister of Mali’s civil transition “should be appointed no later than 15 September”.
A committee of about 20 lawyers, researchers and academics has prepared a draft “road map” as a result of the first round of talks on Saturday.
The document will be put on the platform “for amendment, reform and enhancement”, its chair, Fatoumata Dembele Diara, told AFP news agency.