Malian Protesters Return To The Streets Demanding President’s Resignation After Truce

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On Tuesday August 11, thousands of protesters returned to the streets in Mali Tuesday, resuming their months-long push for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who they accuse of presiding over corruption and impunity and the dissolution of the country’s constitutional court.

Demonstrators gathered in a central square in the capital Bamako despite rainfall and pleas from mediators to stay at home, with many blowing plastic vuvuzela horns and brandishing anti-government banners bearing anti-government slogans such as, “We want real change in Mali, IBK out”.

The gathering marks the first time the June 5 Movement has staged a protest since July, when the opposition group declared a temporary truce in their campaign to oust Keita and ECOWAS called for new elections to be held due to disputes about the legitimacy of the 2020 Malian parliamentary election.

Tensions snowballed into crisis last month when 11 people died during three days of unrest following an anti-Keita protest, in the worst political strife the country has seen in years. Much of Mali’s current tension was sparked in April, when the Constitutional Court threw out 30 results from long-delayed parliamentary elections — a move that benefited Keita’s party, but triggered protests.

This forced Presidents Muhammadu Buhari, Nana Akufo-Addo, Alassane Ouattara, Mahamadou Issoufou, and Macky Sall to meet with Keita and opposition leaders after the failed ECOWAS mediation mission.

See videos from the protest below.

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