Extension of the transition: Choguel plays fine

The Prime Minister settled or dealt with the thorny question of prolonging the transition with skill or cunning.

New regions have come to draw the Malian territory. However, even if the territorial reform is not completely purged, the public opinion does not abandon the idea of ​​the continuation of the reforms at the cost of an extension of the transition. Nothing exceptional in this desired postponement dictated by the country’s degree of unpreparedness to face free and credible elections. Nothing exceptional except that, for decades, the Malian electoral calendar has not ceased to be modified. That the mandate of certain elected officials is lengthened, this mutability of the electoral calendar sometimes intervenes in the cacophony. Protests from a section of the political class have only grown in recent weeks in the face of such an eventuality.

The Prime Minister cannot change the duration of the transition as he sees fit and postpone the election of the President of the Republic and the representatives of the people as he sees fit. It is therefore important to convene the national refoundation meeting. This clarification is crucial because this exercise potentially contributes to the sustainability of the idea of ​​democracy. Indeed, as a political regime that gives power to the people, democracy allows, through resolutions of the living forces to achieve the common good. Locking oneself into the narrow circle of political parties dispossesses the citizens of decision-making in favor of the former. In other words, by assizes, the Prime Minister gives a mandate to the citizens who can then decide on the length of time that will elapse until the next election. “Politicians are only a part of Malians and their opinion alone cannot not close the debate on prorogation ”.

Flexibility in ideological adductors

The holding of elections is conditional on the work of these meetings to find points of consensus, particularly in the political, economic and social fields. Choguel Kokalla Maïga is committed to implementing the consensus that will emerge from this consultation that a cluster of political parties intend to boycott.

Therein lies the paradox in the minds of its opponents. The Prime Minister had found the electoral calendar to be tenable in front of the members of the National Transitional Council (CNT) during the presentation of his Government Action Plan. Of course, Choguel was well aware that time was too short. But, what would be the reaction of the members of this body acting as parliament if he had deviated from the initial timetable of his predecessor Moctar Ouane? To what extent can the actions of a ruler be in contradiction with his public statements? Choguel has shown a certain flexibility in terms of ideological adductors. Of course, nothing illegal. But when you don’t respect your commitments, is it really moral?

It is to be feared that these contortions weaken its author, which is not so serious, but also the value of public speech, which is a little more so.

Georges Francois Traore

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