The Malian opposition leader and Imam Mahmud Dicko has viewed positively the actions of the military junta, which ousted his rival, former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, from power. Dicko has ruled out the possibility of running for the presidency of the country and made it clear that the three-year transition period proposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), an international agency, is too long.
In an interview with Radio France International, the Imam initially denied that Keita was ousted in the recent coup. “He has resigned,” he said, “why speak of ‘fall’?”
The imam has called for calm as only 15 days have passed since the coup. “We still have to give time to organize things. The soldiers are in their barracks, so we have to give a little more time to sort this out,” he added.
The Imam also wanted to point out that his request for forgiveness from Keita had nothing to do with the legal proceedings to which the former president could submit. “A process and a pardon have nothing to do with it. We are in a legal status and my older brother (Keita, lovingly put) is a subject of the law, he’s also a Democrat, I don’t think this is related to the pardon is We are Malians. Forgiveness is one of our values, “he said.