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Mali: West African mediators call for power-sharing government

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West African mediators helping to resolve the ongoing political crisis in Mali have proposed a power-sharing government.

The mediators have also proposed the setting up of a new constitutional court as agitations continue.

Protesters for weeks have been pouring on the streets demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

Earlier this month President Keita dissolved the constitutional court following unrest due to ongoing protests.

The top court is at the centre of controversy after it overturned provisional results for parliamentary elections in March.

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Keita also at the time proposed a deal that would have the opposition play a role in a new government.

But the opposition rejected the offer with protesters demanding that the president resigns.

The ECOWAS mediators say in the proposed unity government, half of the positions should go to the opposition and civil society groups.

The rest would be for members of the current governing coalition, according to the mediators.

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Protesters have accused President Keita of failing to tackle Mali’s major crises including jihadist conflict, an economic crisis and the disputed elections.

Mali has for years now struggled to overcome the activities of terrorists with the region remaining unstable since 2012 when jihadist fighters seized the desert north of the country.

Although French troops helped to recapture the north, violence still continues. Not even the presence of United Nations troops will help restore order.

Keita, who was re-elected in 2018 for a second five-year term, has struggled to address the security crisis.




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