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Mali interim leader heads to Abidjan

2012-05-16 20:09

Bamako - Mali's interim leader Dioncounda Traore will hold talks with Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday, as a post-coup political crisis drags on in his country, officials said.

"The president will got to Abidjan this afternoon for consultations," said a source from Traore's communication team.

The Ivorian presidency said the two leaders would meet at 17:00 GMT.

Ouattara is the current chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) which has being trying to break a political impasse over who should lead a transition government in Mali.

A group of low-ranking soldiers who seized power on March 22, led by Captain Amadou Sanogo, accepted an interim government, but have resisted a return to the barracks.

Sanogo is sticking to a constitutional point that the interim government should last only 40 days (thus expiring May 22), and has rejected the Ecowas plan for a 12-month transition.

The regional mediators want Traore to stay in the post and the ex-junta wants to go back to the drawing board.

A source in Traore's camp said his trip to Abidjan comes a day after he met with Sanogo at the ex-junta's headquarters.