Mali military agrees to 18-month transition government

Mali’s new military leaders have agreed to establish an 18-month transition government until an election can take place.

They had previously said they wanted the interim period to last for two years.

“We make a commitment before you to spare no effort in the implementation of all these resolutions in the exclusive interest of the Malian people,” Col Assimi Goita, the head of Mali’s military junta, said.

Furthermore, spokesperson Moussa Camara said “the interim government would either be led by a military officer or a civilian.”

The pledge came after three days of talks with opposition and civil society groups on a timeline for Mali’s return to civilian rule.Ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta fled the country last week.

The 75-year-old former leader flew to the United Arab Emirates, UAE, on 5 September for medical treatment, after suffering a minor stroke.

His former chief of staff said he could be away for up to 15 days.