BAMAKO, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Malian government on Friday adopted the road-map for the transition during an extraordinary Cabinet meeting that was chaired by President Dioncounda Traore, an official source has said.
While speaking on Mali's national television, the country's Minister for Labor, Public Service and Relations with Institutions, Mamadou Namory Traore, said that majority of the stakeholders were consulted before the drafting of the road-map which is centered on the two main priorities of the transition that include capturing the occupied territories and organization of free and fair elections.
Traore said that Parliament will be summoned for an extraordinary session to debate and approve the document.
The West African nation has been ruled by a transitional government since a coup in March 2012. The Islamic rebel groups, taking the opportunity of chaotic situation following the coup, occupied the northern part of Mali.
Under the mandate of the United Nations, the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) has decided to send 3,300 troops to support the Mali government to retake the land occupied by the rebels.
France, the former colonial ruler of the country, quickly dispatched forces to fight against the rebels two weeks ago when a group of the rebel forces launched an offensive against the army. The coalition forces with the support from the regional nations have recovered several towns in the northern region.