Bah Ndaw has been sworn in as Mali’s civilian president on Friday, filling a seat which had stayed vacant for around five weeks. This comes after the former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was ousted after the August 18 coup. The head of the military junta, Assimi Goita, was also sworn in as the Vice President.
Mali’s opposition has rejected the call to have military personnel as their transitional head of state. The June 5 Movement, leading the opposition, who attended three days of talks, are accusing the military junta of planning to take power using force through a cover up of the transition talks.
The Malian opposition (M5-RFP movement) today distanced itself from the country’s transition plan brokered on Saturday by the military and the country’s various political forces after days of negotiations with the groups. They argue that it is creating an avenue for the military to continue governing the nation.
As per a statement read at the tail end of Monday’s Niamey summit by the ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou, the commission demanded that the President and the Prime Minister of Mali must be civilians, and must be appointed no later than 15 September 2020.
Mali’s ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been flown to United Arab Emirates for medication. It is alleged that he suffered a mini stroke and had spent two days in a hospital in Mali. He left for UAE on Saturday evening. Kieta was arrested by the military on August 18, a move that forced him to resign from the country’s top seat.
The United States has suspended it’s collaboration with the Mali army in protest of the 19th August coup in the West African state that led to the ouster of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The United States has for long been a close collaborator with Mali in as far as providing millitary assistance and training the Malian soldiers is concerned.
Mali is in a state of tension and suspense following reports by a section of rebel army soldiers stating categorically that they have arrested the country’s president and prime minister. After occupying positions at strategic points in the capital, the rebel soldiers were received with cheers by a crowd gathered in the Plaza de la Independencia.
Political tensions continue to soar in Mali as protesters are set to take to the streets once again. The leaders of the June 5 Movement have been urging citizens to return to the streets. The group had halted the demonstrations in honor of the three day Eid ul-Adha holiday that began on Friday last week.
The presidents of Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, and Nigeria met this Thursday in Bamako with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as well as with leaders of the opposition, pushing for the Malian president’s resignation. However, the meetings didn’t bear fruit, and they ended without an agreement.
The mediators from the West African regional boc, ECOWAS, have proposed a power- sharing government and a new constitutional court in Mali. In the proposal, the current coalition is to take half of the positions in the new government, while the other half would be shared by the opposition and civil groups.
The June 5 Movement in Mali has continued to call for the President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita‘s resignation as political tension soars in the country. In a press conference, one of the movement’s leaders, Ibrahim Ikassa Maiga, also called for the dissolution of the Malian parliament.
Mali’s Prime Minister Boubou Cisse has apologized for the excessive use of force during the recent protests in the country. “Unfortunately, there were excesses. What happened is very regrettable. We apologize for it,” the Prime Minister said. Earlier, Cisse had said that he and Keita were open to talks.
Mali’s prime minister, Boubou Cisse, apologized for the “excesses” committed by the security forces, accused of opening fire on anti-government protesters. However, Cisse refused to compromise with the opposition, insisting that the President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, will not resign.
Representatives from the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, are in Mali to help resolve the looming crisis. Led by Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the group has met with Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse, and Mahmoud Dicko, an influential Imam.
At least 20 political opponents arrested during protests in Mali have been released by the authorities. It is a move seen as President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s effort to calm the tense situation in the country. The unrest which began on Friday has so far claimed 11 lives and left nearly 150 people injured.
Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has announced the dissolution of the controversial Constitutional Court in an effort to calm the nation’s protests. “I have decided to repeal the licenses of the remaining members of the constitutional court,” the president said in a television address.
At least four people have been killed and dozens others injured as protests continued in Mali on Saturday for the second day running. Mali’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar keita, had called for dialogue, but the protesters did not heed the calls. he Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse, said that he and Keita were open to talks.
Police in Mali threw tear gas at protesters in the capital on the second consecutive day of protests against the government. The protesters challenged President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s most recent request for dialogue. Participation in the protests was much lower than on Friday.
Thousands of Malians turned up for anti-government demonstrations that turned chaotic on Friday. The country’s national television, ORTM, went off air after protesters forced their way to the building. It is alleged that the protesters tried to occupy the national assembly and national broadcasting house.
Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has promised to reform the country’s constitutional court. He made the announcement through a televised speech. “In the hours and days to come, the constitutional court will be reconvened and put into operation as soon as possible,” the president said.
Twenty four people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day each and every day last week. That was an average of three attacks per day. This was an improvement over the 216 deaths per day last week from 28 attacks and the 261 deaths per day the week before that from 48 separate attacks.