Talk of N. Mali intervention grows, no action soon | AP via Huffington Post
By Krista Larson
Mali’s transitional government has accepted in theory the prospect of the regional military intervention, though those involved in the discussions suggest there is a reluctance to allow foreign troops in Mali’s capital in the south.
There has been nominal progress toward restoring democracy after the military coup but there is no clear path for holding fresh elections. The possibility of national elections being held within six months is “extremely slim,” according to the International Crisis Group.
“All scenarios are still possible, including another military coup and social unrest in the capital, which risk undermining the transitional institutions and creating an even more explosive situation,” said Gilles Yabi, West Africa project director for the International Crisis Group