the possibility that Assimi Goïta is running for office

The new election law, including its amended version by members of the CNT, could allow Colonel Assimi Goïta to run in the next presidential election. A potentially explosive provision, hitherto unnoticed. RFI collected the reactions, from the microphone, from Malian political figures.

In Mali, the new electoral law adopted just a week ago by the Transitional National Council, the legislative body for the transition, is still awaiting promulgation by the President, Colonel Assimi Goïta. This new law, the government’s flagship project, has been modified by CNT: 92 amendments, which are not to the liking of the government. Will President Goïta still publish the text with his amendments? Will he send it back to CNT for a second treatment?

What primarily occupies the senses is the possibility of a military candidacy currently in power during the next presidential term, which is intended to mark the end of the transition. An opportunity offered by the combination of this new electoral law and the revised transitional charter. The condition: that the president resign both from the presidency and from the army, four months before the date of the future election.

“It’s in their logic” Some members of the CNT declined to comment. Others seemed to discover the intrusion that they may have just opened. “However, CNT members have reduced the president’s time to present himself from six to four months (by changing the original text proposed by the government),” said a wise observer of Malian political life, who sees this as a measure of caution for to minimize the risk of unpleasant surprises, in a country where anything seems to happen. According to this source, the president of the transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta, and the president of the CNT, Colonel Malick Diaw, acted together.

“I do not think the military will go to the polls,” said a former minister, although he was suspicious of the Putch colonels.

A very isolated point of view: “it does not surprise us, it lies in their logic”, assures another former minister, from another political family. “The risk, he continues, is that such fraud will throw the country into a new crisis. And to remind that the impossibility of the president and members of the transitional government to go to the next election is a first commitment from the junta and a demand from ECOWAS.

“They want to stay a long time,” finally analyzes another former government member, still very influential. “So we have to play tight to dissuade them. Or beat them democratically in the election. Which will not be easy.”

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