Mali”s military junta has agreed with the Economic Communityof West African States to allow interim president Dioncounda Traoreto lead the country”s post-coup transitional process. The agreement, just two days before the 40-day transition periodprescribed by Mali’s constitution was set to expire, also givescoup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo all the benefits and privilegesof a former head of state. Hamadoune Toure, Mali”s communication minister and governmentspokesman, says he believes Sunday”s agreement is a positivestep towards returning Mali to constitutional rule after the March22 ouster of the country”s civilian leaders. “It”s a good move, it”s a positive move, so thatthe transition can now start and do its job,” he said. The spokesman says the status conferred on Captain Sanogo does notmean the coup leader will remain in power. GSM GPS Antenna
“It”s notrecognizing him to have a say (in the transition process), but they[ECOWAS] said he will have advantages recognized to all formerheads of state,” Toure said. “They invited him to workas a team with the president and with the prime minister, for thesupreme interests of Mali. And all actors are called on not todisrupt the transition process.” Under the newly signed agreement, the interim president will have ayear to lead the country to elections. But Toure said there is notyet a specific timetable for when the polls will be held. “We have to work on a road map,” he said, adding thatMali”s leaders must also work on tackling the situation inthe north of the country. China Two Way Radio Accessories
“We will have to work on atimetable to see how to take up the two challenges we are facingnow,” he said. Soldiers, angry over the government’s handling of securitychallenges in the north, ousted Mali’s civilian leaders on March22, just a month before a presidential election was scheduled.Armed groups in Mali”s northern region seized the opportunityand quickly pushed south, effectively cutting the country in half. Tuareg separatist group, the MNLA, declared the independent stateof Azawad on April 5, while Islamist group Ansar Dine rejectedindependence and instead began imposing its version of Sharia lawin northern towns. ECOWAS and other international bodies say the security crisisthreatens to destabilize the entire region. Tens of thousands ofMalians have fled the violence and food insecurity in the north. Telescopic Antenna
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