Mali junta rejects West African transition plan

BAMAKO - A military junta that seized power in Mali last month rejected a regional plan to extend the rule of an interim civilian government on Saturday, casting a shadow over delicately-balanced negotiations to resolve the country's crisis.
The junta had already agreed to hand over power for 40 days to a civilian government led by caretaker president Dioncounda Traore, and then allow the country to hold elections by the end of May.
But the West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Thursday said the interim government should have up to 12 months to hold the elections.
The junta on Saturday accused ECOWAS of making the decision without consulting it and said the change could derail the whole transition process.
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