Mali Junta Supporters Back Sanogo As Interim President | Bloomberg
By Diakaridia Dembele and Pauline Bax
A group that backs Mali’s military junta said it wants coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo to head a transitional government after the country’s interim president was injured by protesters demanding his resignation.
“He will be informed of his appointment as president by the national convention and he will be invested” tomorrow, Mohamed Taboure, a spokesman for the group known by its French acronym Copam, told reporters yesterday in Bamako, the capital.
Interim leader Dioncounda Traore was flown out of the country yesterday to receive treatment in France for injuries he sustained when protesters stormed his office on May 21 to demand he step down. The demonstration, which was called by Copam, came a day after a deal was reached between Sanogo and the Economic Community of West African States under which the army captain stepped down and Traore’s position as head of the transitional government was extended from 40 days to one year.
“Whether people agree with the Ecowas accord or not, the political process must be respected so that the government can get to work,” Gilles Yabi, West Africa director at Brussels- based International Crisis Group, said by phone from Dakar.
Sanogo will earn benefits as a former head of state under the Ecowas deal, Burkina Faso’s Foreign Affairs Minister Djibril Bassole said on May 21.
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