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 The Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has asked the military junta in Mali to appoint a civilian transition head by 15th of September.

As reported by CGTN, the decision was reached at the 57th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, in Niamey, Niger.

Mali’s military ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar on 18 August following weeks of protests in the country.

The 75-year-old and his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested alongside other government officials after the move by the military.

Keita was held in detention for 10 days, with the military justifying the move saying it was necessary for his own security.He was flown abroad for medical treatment upon his release.

ECOWS late last month asked the military to appoint a civilian head to lead the transitional government but did not announce any deadline for doing so.

The announcement now leaves the military junta with only seven days to transfer power to a civilian, who ECOWAS said would not participate in the country’s next presidential election.



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