The protest in Mali on Sunday July 5 maintained pressure on the government by calling for new demonstrations and demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who renewed his offer of national government for the country still plagued by deadly violence.
Officials of the so-called June 5 protest movement, a coalition of religious leaders and figures from civil society and the political world, met with President Keïta, in power since 2013, on Sunday afternoon after several weeks of political unrest. According to the Malian presidency, these meetings were aimed at “Political relaxation While the Malian leader enjoys the support of the international community.
President Keïta does ” the deaf ear ” and “Royally ignored the requests” contained in a “Memorandum” of the so-called June 5 movement, the coalition said in a statement released Sunday, hours after meeting with the Malian leader.
After the Sunday meeting, the movement “Reaffirms more than ever its determination to obtain, through legal and legitimate channels, outright resignation” of the Head of State. He had the 1er July indicated that it no longer made the resignation of President Keïta a prerequisite for dialogue.
“A victory for Mali”
The movement also did not appreciate that President Keïta sent him to discussions with the parties of the presidential majority who, according to him, “Has no power”. He therefore calls for “Stronger mobilization on Friday July 20 and the following days throughout the national territory and in the diaspora”.
“We talked about everything related to this crisis and the country in general. I think that with the will of everyone and all the parties concerned, we will insha’Allah [si Dieu le veut] find the solution »said Imam Dicko after the meeting in a video released by the presidency.
President Keïta “Congratulated” of the meeting with the leaders of the protest movement, which is “A victory for Mali”, according to a statement from the Malian presidency published Sunday evening. “Calming the current crisis and obtaining the release of our brother the Honorable Soumaïla Cissé are his current priorities”added the presidency.
The Malian president also said he had “Renewed the invitation [au mouvement de contestation] to integrate the government of national unity which he proposes and whose formation is urgent “, according to the same press release. The so-called June 5 movement took tens of thousands of people to the streets of the capital twice in June.
The legislative elections of March-April, and the decision of the Constitutional Court to rescue thirty candidates declared defeated, including ten of the presidential majority, are considered to be a trigger for this mobilization.