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Mali talks propose junta rule for three more years

Mali talks propose junta rule for three more years

Participants in Mali's national dialogue recommended extending the military-led transition to democracy by three years and allowing junta leader Assimi Goita to stand in the eventual election. The West African country has been under military rule since a coup in 2020, and tensions have risen over the junta's failure to stick to a promised timeline for the return to constitutional rule. Months-long nationwide consultations, which were boycotted by many of the opposition, culminated on Friday with a host of recommendations including the extension of the transition to five years from two, effectively prolonging the junta's rule to 2027. The substantial delay is…
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Burkina Faso national conference approves 3-year military-led transition

Burkina Faso national conference approves 3-year military-led transition

THIAM NDIAGA A national conference in Burkina Faso has authorised the ruling junta to hold power for three years, potentially setting the West African country on a collision course with international partners who have urged a speedy return to constitutional order. The junta seized power in a January coup against President Roch Kabore, blaming him for failing to contain surging violence by Islamist militants. The putsch was led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba, who is now interim president. The charter was approved by the conference and signed by Damiba in the early hours of Tuesday after a day-long debate in the…
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