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The president designated to lead the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, received in audience on Thursday the mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Goodluck Jonathan, reports the agency. Malian press AMAP

This meeting at the Villa des Hôtes at the former base B, the day before the investiture of the President of the Transition, on Friday, took place in the presence of the designated vice-president, Colonel Assimi Goïta, of the 1st vice-president. President of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), Colonel Malick Diaw, and the head of the Integrated Multidimensional United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA), Mahamat Saleh Annadif.

It marks Bah N’Daw’s first official appearance since being appointed Transition president on Monday. Even if nothing filtered out exchanges between the two personalities, it should be remembered that the ECOWAS delegation is present in Mali to follow up the establishment of a transition led by civilians, in accordance with the recommendations of the mini -summit of heads of state of the sub-regional organization, held on September 15 in Accra, Ghana.

The Accra meeting was convened after the national consultation during which a roadmap and a charter for the Transition were adopted by the participants. During the mini-summit in Accra in which a delegation of the CNSP led by its president, Colonel Assimi Goïta took part, after having read the content of two documents from the national meetings, the heads of state of ECOWAS accepted the 18 months adopted for the duration of the Transition.

However, they demanded that the president and prime minister be civilians. They also gave an ultimatum to the CNSP for the choice of these personalities to lead the Transition, by making the lifting of ECOWAS sanctions against Mali conditional on the implementation of these recommendations.

The CNSP has accepted the principle of appointing a president and a civilian prime minister. Then a college was set up to do this. This college chose, on Monday, the retired Colonel Major Bah N’Daw as president and Colonel Assimi Goïta as vice-president of the Transition.

The choice of Bah N’Daw, in addition to meeting the ECOWAS demands on the designation of a civilian to lead the Transition, satisfies the request of Malians who wish to see a military in business for the next 18 months.

It was after this choice, which marks the first step in the establishment of the organs of the Transition that the sub-regional organization, which is closely monitoring the situation in Mali, sent its mediator to monitor the process of establishment of a Civilian-Led Transition, in line with Accra recommendations.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Bamako on Wednesday and began his series of meetings with members of the committee set up by ECOWAS to monitor developments in the crisis in Mali. They took stock of the situation, before the other meetings planned during the mediator’s stay.

Before his meeting with the Transition President, the former Nigerian head of state met with CNSP members at the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The CNSP delegation was led by its president, Colonel Assimi Goïta. Nothing has filtered out of these exchanges.

The president of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, who is part of the delegation, just told journalists, at the end of the meeting, that the mediator of the sub-regional organization must hold a series of meetings during his stay. And it is at the end of all this that he will take stock of his mission, through a press conference.

The challenge of this ECOWAS mission in Mali is the lifting of the sanctions of the sub-regional organization. After his meeting with Bah N’Daw, whose inauguration is scheduled for Friday, Mr. Jonathan posted on his Facebook page that the members of his delegation are “optimistic that this event will mark the beginning of the return to normality in Mali after a long socio-political crisis ”.

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