Mali: Military want three year transition, Keita to be freed

im????Discussions due to resume on Monday with negotiators saying compromises have been reached.

    Prime minister Boubou Cisse, who has been detained with 75-year-old Keita at a military base outside the capital where the coup began, would be moved to a secure residence in the city, the source said.

    A military government official confirmed to AFP the decisions on the fate of Keita and Cisse, as well as that "the three-year transition would have a military president and a government mostly composed of soldiers".

    Popular discontent

    The coup followed months of protests calling for Keita to resign as public discontent with the government grew about the country's brutal rebellion and collapsing economy.

    im????While it met international condemnation, thousands of opposition supporters celebrated the president's removal in the streets of Bamako.

    The military government has said it "completed the work" of the protesters and has promised to stage elections "within a reasonable time".

    However, the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), weary of prolonged instability in Mali and the potential for similar power grabs in the region, has taken a hard line on the coup.

    im????It suspended Mali from its decision-making institutions, shut borders and halted financial flows with the country.

    Tuesday's coup was Mali's second in eight years, and has heightened concern about regional stability amid months of political unrest following a disputed election in March.

    SOURCE: News agencies