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Malian PM Boubou Cisse says he will not resign

Mali’s prime minister, Boubou Cisse, told DW that “no one is expected to achieve the impossible” in finding a solution to form a unity government for the crisis-rocked country. His resignation isn’t on the agenda. Mali’s Prime Minister Boubou Cisse has told DW in an exclusive interview that his resignation “is not on the agenda.” The opposition alliance M5-RFP is calling for ...

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Muslim leader says Mali crisis can be solved without Keita exit

Mahmoud Dicko, the driving force behind anti-gov’t protests, says ‘solution’ could be found without president quitting. Mahmoud Dicko’s speaches denouncing Keita’s governance have electrified protesters  Mahmoud Dicko, the influential Muslim leader seen as the driving force behind Mali’s protest movement, has said the country’s political crisis could be resolved without the president stepping down, offering a more moderate solution than ...

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Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS national unity proposal

The Malian opposition continued to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Tuesday, rejecting a national unity plan and related measures proposed following an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit meeting on Mali.The Mouvement du 5 Juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques, led by Mahmoud Dicko, said in a statement that M5-RFP “demands more than ever” ...

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Mali PM urges unity govt after opposition rejects compromise

Imam Mahmoud Dicko has previously rejected the idea of a unity government The protest movement is headed by Imam Mahmoud Dicko, seen here speaking to a rally in Bamako’s Independance Square on June 19 Mali Bamako (AFP) – Mali’s Prime Minister tried to break the country’s political deadlock Tuesday, visiting the home of a key opposition figure and inviting him ...

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Mali opposition rejects West Africa bloc’s compromise plan

So-called M5-RFP coalition, for the third time, rejects ECOWAS plan intended to defuse weeks-long political crisis, raising spectre of new unrest and concerns that poor Sahel country may slide into chaos. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and the Imam Mahmoud Dicko, influential leader of the opposition coalition, greet each other after a meeting in capital Bamako on July 23, 2020. ...

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West Africa proposes plan to resolve Mali crisis; opposition unimpressed

BAMAKO – West Africa’s regional body on Monday proposed a four-point plan to resolve Mali’s political crisis that it says should be implemented within 10 days, and recommended sanctions against anyone standing in the way. The proposals by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are similar to those previously made by ECOWAS missions to Mali since the crisis ...

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West African leaders to hold summit on Mali

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will meet today in a virtual extraordinary summit to discuss the deepening political crisis facing Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. In Mali, which has been afflicted by armed conflict and insurgency since 2012, the recent standoff between Keïta’s government forces and protesters led by Mahmoud Dicko’s June 5 Movement – Rally of ...

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ECOWAS Leaders To Hold Summit On Monday After Failure Of Malian Mediation Mission

ECOWAS leaders to hold summit on Monday after failure of Malian Mediation Mission Bamako [Mali] : Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nations will hold an emergency summit on Monday because of the failure of the mediation efforts in Mali, media reported.For weeks, Mali has been facing massive protests with the opposition June 5 Movement – ...

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Five African leaders in Mali to resolve political crisis

Recent unrest has pushed Mali to the brink MICHELE CATTANI AFP Five African leaders are set to make a fresh bid to end Mali’s political crisis on Thursday, following weeks of sometimes deadly protests demanding the embattled president’s resignation. In a rare joint visit, the presidents of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Niger will meet Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita ...

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West African leaders seek end to Mali political crisis

BAMAKO – Presidents from five West African countries arrive in Mali on Thursday to try to negotiate an end to a political crisis that has rocked the country and raised fears it could undermine a regional fight against Islamist militants. Infuriated by corruption, disputed local election results and army losses to jihadists, tens of thousands of people have taken to ...

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Unchecked escalation: Why Mali is in turmoil

Mali’s politics is undergoing radical change, partly due to years of discontent with its entire political and economic elite. Mali’s ongoing political crisis came to a head on 10-12 July, as the country’s security forces – possibly including an elite anti-terrorist unit – killed at least 11 people. Figures within the opposition claim that there were twice as many casualties. The security forces ...

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West African presidents to head to Mali to help solve crisis

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania June 30, 2020. ABIDJAN – A delegation of at least three West African leaders will head to Mali this week to try to end a political crisis that has sparked widespread protests, cost at least 11 lives and led to calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to ...

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Malians have been protesting for weeks. Here’s what you need to know.

Political protests in Mali escalated last week after government security forces arrested several leaders of the M5-RFP group, a coalition of religious, civil society and opposition leaders. Security forces shot live rounds at protesters, killing several and stoking angry crowds. A government crackdown led to at least 11 protesters killed. Nearly 30 years and three democratically elected presidents after Mali’s ...

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Muslim cleric positioning himself amid deepening political crisis in Mali

Anti-government protesters demonstrate in the capital Bamako, Mali Friday, July 10 MUSLIM cleric Mahmoud Dicko is positioning himself to become Mali’s moral and religious authority, according to analysts, as he leads anti-government protests seeking the resignation of President Boubacar Keita. The Salafist cleric, who has railed against homosexuality, alcohol and women’s rights, has led thousands of disgruntled Malians demanding change ...

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Antiterrorist Special Forces used to quell Mali’s protests under scrutiny

Protesters demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s resignation take to the streets in the capital Bamako, Mali on 19 June 2020. Servicemen from the Antiterrorist Special Forces (FORSAT) were deployed in response to protesters in Bamako, leading to clashes which left at least 12 people dead and 164 injured. Who ordered FORSAT’s intervention? The controversy is mounting in Mali. A few days ...

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Mali protest leaders call for rally for slain protesters

The opposition against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in Mali is not weakening. After last Saturday’s tragic demonstrations, Moutaga Tall, one of the leaders of the protest, is still calling on Malians to take to the streets. For a rally in memory of protesters killed during the recent unrest, according to leaders of the demonstration. “The M5-RFP renews its homage to the ...

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Mali’s violent protests draw concern from international community

An escalation in the violence in Mali has the international community appealing for restraint, following weekend protests that left four people dead when security forces fired live rounds on protesters in the capital of Bamako. Reports of other fatalities came from several cities as protesters supporting the opposition 5 June Movement – Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP) again took to ...

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Mali opposition rejects President’s concessions amid unrest

OPPOSITION leaders in Mali have called for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta to resign, after they rejected concessions intended to quell growing unrest. About four people were killed during street protests on Friday, and there were further clashes on Saturday. It prompted the president to dissolve a top court which has been at the centre of the controversy after it overturned ...

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Mali opposition calls for president to resign

•At least four people were killed during street protests on Friday, and there were further clashes on Saturday. •It prompted the president to dissolve a top court which has been at the centre of the controversy after it overturned provisional election results in March. There are growing calls for President Keïta to resign. Opposition leaders in Mali have called for ...

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Protesters injured in Mali demonstrations as U.N. calls for calm

BAMAKO – Police in Mali’s capital Bamako fired into the air on Monday to disperse protesters calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, witnesses said, hours after the United Nations condemned the use of lethal force against demonstrators. Several people were injured by falling bullets and tear gas canisters in the Badalabougou neighbourhood, three witnesses said. The area is ...

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