Mali: The transition charter rejected by the M5-RFP

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The movement that led the protest in the street against former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, overthrown by a putsch, rejected the charter endorsed by the junta providing for an 18-month transition.

The coalition of opponents, religious leaders and members of civil society which led the mobilization against Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK), overthrown on August 18, rejected the "transition charter" adopted on Saturday by experts appointed by the junta.

In a press release sent to the press on Sunday, the Mouvement du 5 Juin - Rassemblement des forces patriotiques (M5-RFP) denounced "the desire to grab and confiscate power for the benefit of the CNSP" (National Council for the Salvation of the People, instituted by the putschists).

The M5-RFP affirms that “the final document read during the closing ceremony” of three days of national consultation on the transition in Bamako does not correspond to the result of the deliberations. He notably cites the lack of recognition of his role and that of the “martyrs in the struggle of the Malian people for change”, as well as of the “majority choice of a transition led by a civilian figure”.

"Anti-democratic practices"

"The M5-RFP denounces intimidation, anti-democratic and unfair practices worthy of another era" and "stands out from the document produced which does not reflect the points of view and decisions of the Malian people".

The "transition charter" adopted on Saturday at the end of these discussions bringing together political figures and civil society - including representatives of the M5-RFP - as well as the military was not immediately published. But the document under discussion on Saturday provided for an 18-month transition, led by a president appointed by a committee itself established by the junta, according to AFP correspondents.

Ultimatum of the ECOWAS

According to participants, the adopted document does not settle on the crucial question of whether this president could be a soldier as well as a civilian. However, some of Mali's international partners, starting with ECOWAS, are calling for a return to power of civilians in a maximum of one year, at the end of a transition led by civilians.

"We ask and hope for the understanding, support and accompaniment of the international community in this diligent and correct implementation of the charter and the road map of the transition", declared Saturday the head of the junta, Colonel Assimi Goïta, at the end of the work.

ECOWAS, which imposed an embargo on trade and financial flows on Mali, gave the junta until Tuesday to appoint a civilian president and prime minister.


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