Mali experts’ report proposes 2-year transition with president chosen by junta

Experts appointed by Mali’s military junta proposed on Friday a two-year transitional government led by a president chosen by the army, according to a document seen by AFP.

In an eight-page “charter of the transition” the experts wrote that a transitional period of 24 months was needed “in light of the complexity, the gravity and the structural depth of the Malian crisis”.

The text has been submitted to hundreds of participants at a forum in Bamako aimed at mapping a way forward for the country.

The expert’s proposal emerged on the second day of talks on a transition.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given the ruling junta until Tuesday to name a transitional president and prime minister.

Experts recommended that the ruling junta, the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), choose the interim president and vice president and propose the prime minister, who would be appointed by the interim president.

Some Malian political leaders have insisted, along with ECOWAS, that the interim president is a civilian, but the document said the person can be a soldier or civilian.

The candidate must be between the ages of 35 and 75 and would not be legible to stand for election at the end of the transition, the document said.

(input from agencies)