By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Consequent to the political imbroglio between President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and an opposition that is insisting on his resignation, mediators from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States have proposed that the current ruling coalition constitute 50 percent of a new unity government, while a proposed 30 percent should consists of members of the opposition and the remaining 20 percent from civil-society groups..
The peacemakers also suggested appointing new judges to the country’s constitutional court, to resolve a dispute over the March-April parliamentary election.
ECOWAS mediators, headed by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president, had completed their mission on Sunday, following their arrival in the country on Wednesday. However, on Friday, Mali’s main opposition alliance, the June 5 Movement, had rejected a deal from the mediators, sticking to its demand that Keita resign due to his perceived inability to stem the country worsening economic situation eight-year jihadist conflict.
Goodluck Jonathan, leader of the ECOWAS mediators, had at a news conference in the capital Bamako on Sunday, informed the media that it was not within their mandate to force Keita’s resignation.
About 11 lives have been lost in the last three days consequent to anti-Keita protests.