New military leaders for Mali have all settled on establishing an 18-month transition government until an election can take place, following last month’s coup.
Spokesperson Moussa Camara announced that the interim government would either be led by a military officer or a civilian.
The pledge came after three days of dialogue with opposition and civil society groups on a timeline for Mali’s return to civilian rule.
75-year old ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta flew out of the country last week to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment after suffering a minor stroke, military officials indicated.
His former chief of staff noted that he could be away for up to 15 days.
After the coup, West African leaders made an indication that they wanted a rapid return to civilian rule. Mali’s new military rulers had previously said they wanted the interim period to last for two years.
“We make a commitment before you to spare no effort in the implementation of all these resolutions in the exclusive interest of the Malian people,” Col Assimi Goita, the head of Mali’s military junta, said.