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Returning to Mali’s democratic rule can take up to five years

Mali’s interim government initially agreed to hold an election in February 2022, but the junta now states that security issues could take up to five years to return to civilian rule. increase.

Mali is under sanctions by the West African Regional Block ECOWAS in 15 countries, with details of the transition period unclear. (AP)

Mali’s military-dominated government has suggested that it may take five years for the poor Sahel to return to democratic rule after holding a four-day “reform conference.”

According to a document read at the end of Thursday’s forum, the transition between six months and five years will allow the junta to “implement structural reforms and organize credible, fair and transparent elections.” Will be possible.

“The government will set a schedule aimed at ensuring the restoration of a peaceful and safe constitution,” said Assimi Goita, the leader of the military regime, in a closing speech.

Also on Thursday, members of Goita’s aides said the junta would send a delegation to the regional group ECOWAS to present a planned schedule.

Foreign Minister Abdulai Diop was included in the envoy, officials said.

The promised postponement of elections has caused international criticism and sanctions from the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

ECOWAS has promised to impose more sanctions if Mali does not plan for the February elections by December 31st.

read more: Mali launches national forum on return to civilian rule

New election calendar until the end of January

The government has adopted the recommendations of the National Reconstruction Council and announced that it will decide on a new election calendar by the end of January.

The proposed election schedule comes at a politically sensitive time.

France is reducing its military presence in the north, while Russia is sending private military contractors to train Marian troops. The move that Western nations are concerned about is the beginning of a broader Russian expansion.

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Expulsion of Keita

In August 2020, a young officer led by Goita defeated the country’s elected president, Ibrahim Bubakar Keita, after weeks of street protests over perceptions of corruption and dealing with bloody riots.

Under pressure from France and Mali’s neighbors, Goita promised that Mali would return to civilian rule in February 2022 after a presidential and legislative election.

However, in May of this year, he held a de facto second coup, forcing a provisional civilian government and disrupting the schedule.

The former French colony has a long history of domestic talks.

But this time, several major political parties and social organizations have hampered this process, demanding prompt elections and criticizing the debate as futile.

A long-term transition to democracy isolates Mali from its neighbors and from the former colonial power of France, where thousands of soldiers were deployed there against al-Qaeda and Dej-related rebels. There is a possibility.

It could also undermine the democracy of West Africa and Central Africa, where military coup leaders in Chad and Guinea are being pressured to organize elections and relinquish power.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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