Mali opposition rejects regional mediator’s unity govt idea

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Regional mediators have put forth a plan for resolving Mali’s political crisis but some members of the opposition movement are rejecting it outright. The regional bloc known as ECOWAS has proposed that Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita create a unity government that would force him to share power. Some opposition figures, though, say Keita must step down entirely, a move that ECOWAS is not willing to consider. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara is expected in the Malian capital on Monday as efforts continue to bring an end to the impasse that has led tens of thousands to protest in the streets in recent weeks.