The transitional government initially agreed to hold presidential and legislative elections in February 2022, 18 months after Colonel Assimi Goita
led the overthrow of President Boubacar Ibrahim Keita.
It has made little progress since then, blaming disorganization and a rash of Islamist violence
. A conference charged with recommending an election timetable said on Thursday the polls should be delayed by between six months and five years.
Following a meeting with Ghana
President Nana Akufo-Addo, the chair of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mali’s Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop said he had proposed the upper bound of that interval.
“What was retained was a duration of five years. That’s the issue that was presented,” Diop said in comments broadcast by the state-run television network. “But it’s a question of indicating that this period, it’s the…