Panafrican News Agency

Delegation of military junta in Accra for ECOWAS mini-summit on Malian crisis

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A delegation of the National Committee for the People’s Salvation (CNPS), headed by its chairman, Colonel Assimi Goita, left here Monday for the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to take part in an extraordinary meeting of several heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), official sources told PANA.

The visit, which is the first trip abroad by the CNSP chairman since the military junta seized power on 18 August, is to enable him to attend a mini-summit on the Malian crisis due Tuesday, 15 September.

The meeting comes on the eve of the expiry of the ultimatum given by the regional organisation to the junta leaders to appoint a civilian president and prime minister to chair the transitional government for one year as recommended by ECOWAS.

At the end of the national consultations on the organisation of the transition held in Bamako on 10, 11 and 12 September, the participants set the duration of the transition to 18 months and the establishment of a civilian or military president and vice-president.

They also advocated the nomination of a government of 25 members maximum and a national transitional council (legislative organ) of 121 members from all components of the society, political parties, the defence and security forces.


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