It will take 24 months from March 2022 for the West African country to transition to democratic rule after an August 2020 coup, says the interim government.
Ruling junta pulls Mali out of G5 Sahel joint force –– a 2017 military project undertaken by five countries of Africa's Sahel region including Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.
Malian authorities said columns of armed insurgents on motorbikes had pinned down the army unit, but the troops killed more than 50 militants despite losing eight of their own.
A statement signed by France and its African and European allies said that "multiple obstructions" by the ruling junta meant that the conditions were no longer in place to operate in Mali.
The accord was signed in Italy's capital Rome, according to former rebels, with a signatory saying it included language on military leaders committing to implementing 2015 Algiers peace accord.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Mali's ruling junta was "out of control" and called the junta illegitimate.
Denmark has accused coup generals of playing a dirty political game after the junta withdrew the invitation to deploy Danish troops.
Mali's transitional government initially agreed to hold elections in February 2022, but the military junta now says return to civilian rule may take up to five years due to security issues.
Mali’s Colonel Assimi Goita takes control of country once again, stripping President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane of their duties.
National Committee for the Salvation of the People is dissolved, says a government decree, a decision that comes after more than five months of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's removal in a coup.
Deposed president Keita was hospitalised in the capital Bamako, six days after he was released from detention by the ruling junta, which seized power on August 18.
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