Mali: Opposition Rejects Junta-Led Government

Mali: Opposition Rejects Junta-Led Government

Mali’s opposition June 5 movement has rejected a charter for an 18-month transition government backed by the military junta who deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The movement made this known in a statement issued at the weekend after a three-day forum with political parties and civil society representatives.

They accused the junta of desiring to monopolise and confiscate power alleging that key ideas discussed during the talks had been left out of the final document while others had been added in.

The talks had taken place against a backdrop of “intimidation, antidemocratic and unfair practices worthy of another era”, the statement added.

The group said that ideas such as the broad support for a civilian transition president had not been reflected in the final document adding that the committee overseeing the talks that adopted the final version of the charter by acclamation on Saturday was chosen by the junta.

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The committee’s rapporteur Moussa Camara told delegates that under the terms of the final document, either a civilian or a military officer can become transition president.

Reacting, leading M5 member Sy Kadiatou Sow said the final version of the charter had been “butchered”.

“This is not democratic at all,” he said.

On her part, Sidebe Dedeou Ousmane, a union leader and M5 member, told newsmen that none of the ideas discussed at her workshop had been included in the final report.

However, a former prime minister, Moussa Mara defended the charter and urged “all Malians” to commit to the transition.

“The documents produced are not perfect, but they are a basis for starting the transition period,” he said.


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