Prime Minister Choguel Maiga on Friday said Mali’s transitional government is conscious of its commitment to a fixed deadline for arranging elections that will restore its democracy after last year’s coup.
Political factions in Mali and foreign partners have been watching to see if the military-led interim authorities will stick to a promise to hold elections within 18 months, since the junta that toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.
Colonel Assimi Goita, 38, ousted transitional leader Bah Ndaw to become interim president.
Maiga outlined four key policy areas of the interim government’s plan.
“In respect of the fixed timeline for the transition and our international commitments, the single election management body will follow a simple implementation process,” he said without confirming any election dates.
“These elections will be the barometer of the success of the transition,” he said.
The transitional government said in April it would hold a referendum on October 31, council elections on December 26, and legislative and presidential elections on February 27.
There are concerns key reforms and electoral processes may not be implemented in time, which could require an extension of the transitional authorities’ powers.