Mali: Military, parties to meet on , ousted Keita sick

by utonga

The Malian military will this weekend hold transition talks with political parties and civic organizations.

The group launched protests that led to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s resignation.

Voice of America quoted a junta spokesman as saying the Saturday and Sunday discussions would be on producing a blueprint for the transition.

A second round of talks will be held next week in Bamako, Mali’s capital.

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) recently rejected the coup leaders’ plan for a three-year transition.

The region’s leaders want civilian transition and elections within a year.

Head of the new junta visited Keita on Thursday in a Bamako hospital he was admitted for a stroke-related condition.

Keita will be allowed to seek additional medical treatment abroad.

The military had hinted that the ousted leader would be sent to another country.

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