Coup leaders in Mali say a transitional president will be appointed, drawn from either the civilian population or the military.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was removed in a coup on Tuesday.
West African leaders have called for him to be reinstated and the UN has called for the release of officials.
But the coup leaders say they are in contact with the political opposition and other groups to try to set the transition in place.
They say elections will be held in what they describe as a reasonable time and have also promised to respect international agreements on fighting jihadists.