Panafrican News Agency

President of the Malian military junta received by President of Ghana

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The President of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNPS), the military junta that seized power on 18 August in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goita, on was on Monday briefed the Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on the situation in Mali since the last summit held in Niamey, Niger, on 9 September.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), had demanded that the junta put in place an all civilian president and prime minister by 15 September.

Colonel Gouta is in Ghana for a one-day consultative meeting of EOWAS on Mali.

Colonel Major Ismaël Wagué, spokesman of the CNSP, told the press that the Malian delegation had come to Ghana to explain in person the will expressed by the Malian people through national consultations.

"We want ECOWAS to accept the conclusions of this consultation and help us build Mali," he said in substance.

Held on 10-12 September in Bamako, these national consultations, which brought together all the all sectors of the nation and the defence and security forces, agreed on the establishment of a President and Vice-President that could be military or civilian. It also agreed a 25-member Transition Government and a 121-member National Transition Council (legislative body) from all sections of society.

The participants in these consultations set the duration of the transition at 18 months as against the 12 months recommended by ECOWAS at its 57th Summit held on 9 September in Niamey.

The main umbrella opposition movement, the 5 June Movement–Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP) whose huge demonstrations led to the coup have rejected the conclusions of the CNSP consutatation.

-0- PANA GT/JSG/BBA/MA 15Sept2020