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Mali Parliament Approves Five-Year Democratic Transition Plan

The army-controlled interim parliament voted for the transition plan, despite promises to hold elections in February.

Parliament also decided that the country’s interim president could not withstand future democratic elections. (AFP)

Mali’s lawmakers have approved a plan to allow the junta to rule for up to five years, despite regional sanctions imposed on the country for delays in elections.

On Monday, 120 members of the 121-seat interim parliament in Mali convened the National Transitional Council and made a decision.

The military-controlled legislature also decided that, as part of the same bill, the country’s interim president could not run for future democratic elections. None of the members who attended the vote voted against or abstained from the bill.

The bill does not mention Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita by name, leaving the possibility that he could run if he resigned prior to future elections. The bill also does not mention possible dates for future elections.

Goita promised to regain civilian rule, but he refused to promise a date.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced that Mali mediator Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former president of Nigeria, will visit the capital Bamako on Thursday.

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After a coup d’etat in poor Sahel in August 2020, Mali’s military rulers initially promised to vote in February 2022.

However, in December last year, the military government proposed to stay in power for six months to five years because of security concerns.

In response, ECOWAS imposed a trade embargo last month and closed its border with Mali. The block called the potential length of the transition unacceptable.

Tensions with the junta contributed to France’s announcement last week to withdraw troops from Mali, which is deployed under the Balkane army in the Sahel.

The landlocked country, 21 million, struggled to contain the brutal armed assault that occurred in 2012 and spread to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger three years later.

Thousands of soldiers and civilians were killed and 2 million were evacuated by the conflict throughout the region, but Mali remains the epicenter.

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Source: AFP

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