The protest movement, the M5-RFP, which mobilized for weeks against Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, said on Wednesday it was ready to “accompany” the junta which overthrew the latter, in the transition process to return the power to civilians.
“We are available to support this process, we have come to discuss and reaffirm that we are in the same positions” than the military, said Issa Kaou Djim, a close friend of Imam Mahmoud Dicko, the most influential figure in the June 5 Movement – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques (M5-RFP).
“We were reassured that these soldiers are patriots, great intellectuals. Mali in all its components is in this dynamic to unite everyone”, he added after the first formal meeting between the junta and the M5-RFP.
“We told the junta that it would be useful to have substantive discussions afterwards. They agree and they have said that they will consult the people.”, explained Modibo Koné, another member of the delegation of this motley coalition made up of political opponents, religious leaders and members of civil society.
The interview, presented as a contact of about an hour, took place in the headquarters of the Kati camp, about fifteen kilometers from Bamako, which has become the headquarters of the new power. It must be followed by another, Saturday, in the presence of the head of the junta, Colonel Assimi Goïta, absent Wednesday, according to participants.
The M5-RFP had led for weeks an unprecedented sling against President Keïta, before young officers ousted him on August 18.
The M5-RFP hailed the putsch, believing that the military had “completed” its struggle. Thousands of his supporters cheered the military in Bamako on August 21.
The junta has promised to return power to civilians within an unspecified timeframe, and since last week has held consultations with political and social forces, as well as with representatives of the international community, such as the head of the mission. of the UN in Mali (Minusma), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Tuesday.