The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for the installation of an interim government in Mali which should be headed by a civilian or retired military officer for a maximum duration of one year.
Recall, the coup staged by the military last week in the country toppled the government of President Ibrahim Keita.
This Day reported that ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali and former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, said his team told the new leadership of the country that the interim government must organise elections within 12 months and restore full constitutional government to Mali.
“They call themselves National Committee for the Salvation of the People. We asked them to allow ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to return to his personal residence, where he would be given tight security, but they said he could travel abroad and not return to answer questions they may have for him.
“We also told them that what would be acceptable to ECOWAS was an interim government, headed by a civilian or retired military officer, to last for six or nine months and a maximum of 12 calendar months. The interim government would then organise elections to restore full constitutional order,” Jonathan stated.