Leader of ongoing dispute against Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Imam Mahmoud Dicko, called for demonstration “En masse” against the government, Friday June 19, despite the signs of openness issued by the head of state.
The influential cleric accused the president on Wednesday of not having heard the message of the tens of thousands of people who took to the streets on June 5 in Bamako. “He didn’t learn a lesson, he doesn’t listen to people. But this time, he will understand », he said in bambara to the press. The rigorous and patriotic preacher, a great contender of power, is the dominant figure in a motley coalition against the head of state.
It channels the exasperation fueled by the death of thousands of people killed in recent years in jihadist attacks and inter-community violence, by the feeling of state powerlessness, economic slump, the crisis in public services and the school and the perception of widespread corruption. It brings together religious leaders and personalities from civil society and the political world. Movement “From June 5”, had demanded the resignation of the president in the streets of the capital.
The president, the head since 2013 of this vast poor country caught in turmoil, tried to appease Tuesday. He announced talks for a government of national unity, and left the door open to a dissolution of parliament. He expressed his will “Appeasement”. In another conciliatory move, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse went on Wednesday to Nioro’s sheriff, Bouyé Haïdara, a respected Muslim leader and mentor to Imam Dicko. The latter however meant the continuation of the rally “Peaceful” Friday as well as a “Unparalleled mobilization”. Bouyé Haïdara does not publicly demand the resignation of the president and once again said he was ready for dialogue with everyone, “Until the concerns of the Malians are met”.
A delegation from the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is announced Thursday in Bamako, where it is expected to meet the players in the crisis.
This culminates as the Malian president is faced with the persistence and spread of jihadist and intercommunity violence. Leaving from the north of the country in 2012, they reached central and neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
An attack blamed on the jihadists made at least 27 dead and 5 disappeared in the ranks of the Malian army Sunday in Bouka Weré, according to a new assessment of military source.
Two sub-prefects were kidnapped on Wednesday in the vicinity of Timbuktu (north), an official with the ministry of territorial administration told AFP, evoking an act either villainous or jihadist.
Mali finds itself at a delicate moment when international actors diverge on the trajectory of the progress achieved, or not, against the jihadists and on the road to the restoration of State sovereignty, where the question of maintaining the Mission of the UN (Minusma) is on the table and where that of the continuation of the American engagement in the Sahel remains in suspense.