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Mali junta agrees to keep interim leader until elections

Sapa-AP

The chief negotiator for Ecowas says Mali's junta has accepted that the current interim president will stay in office until new elections can be held.

Djibrill Bassole, the foreign minister of Burkina Faso, told reporters late Saturday that the junta and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) were in full agreement on the matter.
 
The junta in Mali had been resisting the extended presidency of Dioncounda Traore who took over as interim president on April 12 for an initial period of 40 days.
 
Bassole did not say how long the transition would last.
 
A group of middle ranking soldiers toppled Mali’s democratically elected president on March 21. Since then West African leaders have been pressuring the junta to exit the political scene and return to their barracks. – Sapa-AP

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