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Mali military rulers delay first meeting over transfer of powers

Military rulers of Mali have announced that they adjourned their first meeting over the transfer of powers due to “organisational reasons”, almost two weeks after eliminating from power former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in a coup.

The coup-makers had extended invitation to civic groups, political organisations and former rebels to consultations on Saturday, but indicated in a statement that the meeting was rescheduled  to a later date.

They have assured a transition to civilian rule, though without a timetable. Hours after taking power, they indicated that they would stage elections “within a reasonable time”.

The so-called June 5 Movement, an opposition coalition that in recent months had organised large protests against Keita, had not been invited to participate in Saturday’s meeting.

The protest coalition has demanded the military rulers give it a role in the transition to civilian rule.

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