After the military did not fulfill their obligations, the National Transitional Council in Mali convenes to review the electoral law

The legislature appointed by the Malian military authorities was called to hold an extraordinary session to review the Charter for the Transition and the Electoral Law to set a new timetable.

A decree read out by public television on Friday evening stated that the National Transitional Council, which serves as the transitional parliament, “is invited to hold an extraordinary session, starting from February 4 and in the following days.”

The decree also stated that the council’s agenda includes “reviewing the transitional charter and the electoral law” in order to set a new timetable, without additional details.

On January 9, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union took a series of tough economic and diplomatic measures against Mali to punish the ruling military junta for its intention to remain in power for several years after two coups in August. 2020 and May 2021.

West African countries supported by the international community are asking the military authority in Mali to reduce the duration of the transitional period and to present a new timetable for elections.

The military did not fulfill their promise to hold presidential and legislative elections on February 27, so that civilians would take power again as a result.

The scope of the violence that began in the north of the country in 2012 has expanded to include the center (Reuters)

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The council’s call to convene comes after a meeting that took place last Wednesday in Bamako between the local follow-up committee for the transitional period and members of the government, including Foreign Minister Abdullah Diop, as reported by an AFP correspondent.

The local committee is composed of representatives from the United Nations Mission in Mali and ambassadors from ECOWAS.

Mali has witnessed since 2012 the operations of armed movements linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as acts of violence launched by militias that say they are for self-defense and thieves, and the regular forces are also accused of committing abuses.

The violence that began in the north of the country in 2012 expanded to include the center and then neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger, and resulted in thousands of civilian and military deaths and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people despite the deployment of United Nations, French and African forces.

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