Mali’s Prime Minister Offers ECOWAS Transitional Roadmap

By IndepthAfrica
In Mali
Jul 18th, 2012

Malian junta leader captain Amadou Sanogo (L) speaks to the media (AFP/File, Issouf Sanogo)

Interim Malian Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra Tuesday presented the roadmap for returning the country to civilian rule to Burkina Faso President Blaise Campaore, the chief mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Hamadoune Toure, Mali’s Minister for Communication and government spokesman said the plan includes the formation of a broad-based government and a plan to regain control of the country’s north from hardline Islamists and rebel groups.

“The roadmap shows the way to two main issues. The first one is how to get rid of terrorists and traffickers from the north of the country. The second one is how to hold fair, free and credible elections throughout the country, so as to give power to an elected government after the transition,” he said.

The sub-regional group ECOWAS has demanded the formation of a unity government to pave the way for a return to constitutional rule.

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