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  • Updated: May 11, 2024

Mali's national dialogue proposes three-year extension for junta-led transition

 Mali's national dialogue proposes three-year extension for

Participants in Mali's national dialogue on Friday proposed extending the military-led transition to democracy by three years.

They also proposed permitting junta leader Assimi Goita to run in the upcoming election.

Since the 2020 coup, Mali has been under military rule, with growing tensions over the junta's failure to adhere to promised constitutional timelines.

Following nationwide consultations, which saw opposition boycotts, recommendations were made, including prolonging the transition from two years to five, effectively extending junta rule until 2027.

The delay raises concerns about democratic regression in West and Central Africa, where eight coups have occurred in the past four years. 

On the security front, dialogue participants advised openness to engaging with Islamist armed groups and all Malian armed movements amidst ongoing violence dating back to 2012.

According to Reuters, the proposed extension, coupled with economic hardships and recent restrictions on political activities, has fueled frustration with the junta, leading to the formation of an alliance of political parties and civil society organizations in April, which refused to participate in the national dialogue.

 

 

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