//NEWS: ECOWAS leaders set to meet with Mali junta on deadline day

NEWS: ECOWAS leaders set to meet with Mali junta on deadline day

Mali’s junta must title a civilian meantime leader on Tuesday, as the army chiefs meet with West African leaders who are additionally calling for fresh elections within a year.

The 15-nation regional bloc known as ECOWAS gathered for a summit in Ghana, with its new president Nana Akufo-Addo also attending.

The bloc has set an ultimatum for a return to democratic rule within a 12 months and has called for a civilian to take the top job in the meantime.

The military junta backed an arrangement for an 18-month transition government on Saturday. But stated the intervening time president chosen to oversee the transitional authorities may want to come from the military.

The junta seized energy in an August 18 coup that overthrew president Boubacar Keita.

(AFP)