Panafrican News Agency

Mali military junta, M5-RFP continue meetings to resolve political crisis

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Discussions between the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), the military junta that took power since August 18 in Mali, and the June 5 Movement ''Rassemblement des forces patriotiques'' (M5-RFP), the brain behind the massive protest that sparked the coup against president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and his regime, continued on Saturday in Bamako, PANA noted.

The latest meeting, initiated by the military junta, is part of the establishment of a college to appoint the leaders and organs of the Transition.

The M5-RFP, made up of opposition political parties and a large part of civil society, rejected the conclusions of the national consultations on the transition held from September 10 to 12 in Bamako, believing that its concerns were not taken into account by the junta.

The M5 denounced the practices that led to the adoption of the Transition texts, and declared that it "did not intend to break or come into conflict with the CNSP".

It proposed that the transition be led by a civilian president and prime minister, in accordance with the recommendations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

For its part, the CNSP, which "completed the work undertaken by the M5-RFP", according to junta officials, has opted for the choice of a soldier to head the presidency of the Transition.

Its spokesperson, Colonel-Major Ismaël Wagué, announced on Wednesday in Bamako that the CNSP has initiated the process of constituting the College which must designate the president and the Prime Minister of the Transition in Mali.

Colonel Wagué assured, in a press conference, that the CNSP will respect any decision from the College which is expected to name members of the transition government.

-0- PANA GT/JSG/SOC/KND/VAO 19Sept2020