However, opponents of the coup want Traore, a former speaker of parliament, to lead a transitional administration of 12 to 15 months, followed by new presidential and legislative elections.
A statement late on Sunday from the ex-junta leaders and the transitional authorities said they had agreed that neither side — the soldiers nor members of the transitional administration — should be allowed to run in the presidential election, once it had been organized.
Concerned about the situation in the north, some of the 80 participants meeting in Ouagadougou are seeking ECOWAS-led military intervention, should the talks fail.
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz warned that if the international community failed to act quickly to stem the crisis in the country, “all the ingredients are there to turn Mali into an Afghanistan.”
Aziz on Sunday also received Drame, who traveled to his country to seek the country’s support to solve the crisis.
“Mali is counting on Mauritania, just as we are also counting on other neighboring countries, to resolve major problems in the north of Mali,” Drame said.