Mali’s Junta to Hold Transition Talks This Weekend

The junta that seized control of Mali in a coup two weeks ago will hold transition talks this weekend with political parties and civic groups, including the June 5 Movement that launched a protest movement that eventually led to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s resignation.A junta spokesman said the talks Saturday and Sunday are aimed at producing a blueprint for the transition.A delegation from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States recently rejected the coup leaders’ plan for a three-year transition.The bloc is demanding immediate civilian transition and elections within a year.Mali’s junta spokesman said a second round of talks will be held next Thursday through Saturday in Bamako, Mali’s capital.On Thursday, the head of Mali’s new junta visited Keita in a Bamako hospital, where he was admitted Tuesday for a condition that could lead to a stroke.The junta says Keita is free to seek additional medical treatment abroad. 

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