Col. Assimi Goita, has presented a new constitution project for the country.ali coup leader,
This decision comes just days after the junta announced on June 6 it would stay in power for two additional years, before organizing democratic elections in March 2024.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that the leader of Mali’s military transitional government created a body in charge of writing a new Constitution.
Colonel Goïta was in charge of choosing the committee members and they were given two months to present to him a draft version of the text.
The team included a president, two rapporteurs and experts. It will be able to consult, all political parties and civil society including religious organizations and traditional authorities.
This presidential decree has already been published in the Official journal.
The West African country is facing sanctions from its regional partners of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as it did not meet the deadline for elections to be held by the end of February this year.
According to ECOWAS, it regrets the decision of Mali’s head of state (Colonel Assimi Goïta), to extend the duration of the transition by 24 months from March 26, 2022.
In a statement, the regional bloc expressed disappointment that the decision was taken when negotiations are still taking place to reach a consensus.
ECOWAS however said its mediator would continue discussions with the Malian authorities, with a view to reaching a mutually acceptable timetable for the transition
Mali’s ruling junta, which first came to power in an August 2020 coup, issued a decree on Monday fixing the 24-month timetable, to be counted from March 2022.
The 15-member bloc has been pushing for a shorter extension of at most 16 months. In January, ECOWAS imposed sanctions after Mali’s junta said it would not organize democratic elections the following month as initially planned.
Heads of state from ECOWAS member countries are expected to hold another summit in Mali before July 3.