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The military junta that ousted Mali’s president, Boubacar Keïta, has been given until 15 September to appoint a civilian leader to lead the transition.

Leaders from the West African bloc, ECOWAS, said the proposed civilian president and prime minister would lead the country to a fresh election.

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The junta is yet to respond to the announcement made on Monday during a summit attended by eight heads of state in Niamey, the capital of Niger.

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ECOWAS wants the transition to be done within a year, but the junta has in the past said it prefers “a reasonable time” and suggested at least two years.

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The military junta has been holding transition talks with political leaders.

The ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta flew to the United Arab Emirates for treatment over the weekend after a mini-stroke.

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Boubacar was detained by the junta and resigned on 18 August after months of mass protests.

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