This is the second large protest in two weeks in Bamako against president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, nicknamed “IBK “. Thousands of protesters of all stripes gathered, Friday, June 19, in the streets of the malian capital, to ask for his resignation.
The first, on June 5, had already gathered together several tens of thousands of people and gave his name to the protest, “Movement of the 5 June – Rally of Patriotic Forces “ (M5-RFP).
Three imams at the head of the protest
A sign of the political tensions growing in Mali in recent weeks, this movement expresses the exasperation, fed by the thousands of victims of jihadist attacks and inter-communal violence, the apparent powerlessness of the State to deal with the economic slump, the crisis in public services and of the school, the perception of widespread corruption.
At the head of the M5-RFP, which brings together religious leaders and personalities from civil society like the political world, is a man of growing influence, Mahmoud Dicko, the imam rigorist and patriot, a former ally of president IBK now black beast of power. “He has not learned, he does not listen to the people. But this time, he’ll understand “, had warned the imam before the event.
Two other imams, the chérif Ousmane Madani Haïdara, president of the High islamic council, and the chérif of Nioro, Bouyé Haïdara, weigh all their weight on the political life of the country.
All of them have refused the outstretched hand these last few days by Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who offered to open the way for a government “national unity “. At the head of this vast, impoverished country since 2013, the president had also made concessions to teachers strike, by promising salary increases they have been demanding for months.
He has not received, on the other hand, the delegation of the organizers of the event, Friday, June 19, as they wanted to.
Elections to be redone
In the evening of Friday, a ministerial delegation from the economic Community of African States West (Ecowas), on good offices mission in Mali since Thursday, has called for the establishment of a “government of consensus of national union “.
The members of the mission have also noted that a ruling of the constitutional Court dating from the end of April was “at the base of the hardening socio-political current “. In this decision, the high court had reversed a thirty results proclaimed parliamentary elections of march-April, about ten of which are for the benefit of candidates of the presidential party, exacerbating the frustrations of a population already exhausted by years of war against jihadism.
In its statement, the delegation of Ecowas “prompt “ therefore, the government to “reconsider the results of all the constituencies “. “New elections for the districts concerned should be organised in the best possible time,”, she added.
According to judicial sources, four of the nine members of the constitutional Court have also presented Friday their resignation.
These political tensions occur at a time when Mali is still at war against jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda and Daech. Sunday, June 13, an attack was made at least 27 dead in the ranks of the malian army.
At the end of June, France and the sahelian countries must make a point about the anti-terrorism, and the strategy of development, while the UN is seeking to convince its members of the merits of the renewal of its mission in Mali, Minusma, high today of about 13 000 soldiers.