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Malian Protesters take to the Streets Again Demanding the Resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

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Like Nigerians who went out en masse for the Police Brutality, #JusticeForUwa, #JusticeForJennifer protest, Malians have had it with corruption, bad governance, mismanagement of the economy and security situation, so they are calling and demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and the dissolution of the country’s constitutional court.

They braved rainy conditions to join the demonstration at Bamako’s Independence Square on Tuesday, blowing vuvuzela horns and carrying placards bearing anti-government slogans such as, “We want real change in Mali, IBK out”.

In June, tens of thousands of Malians protested in Bamako to demand the resignation of President Keita, and ECOWAS called for new elections to be held due to disputes about the legitimacy of the 2020 Malian parliamentary election.

The court had nullified results of 31 parliamentary seats in the recently held polls, and awarded victory to other contenders said to be partial to the president.

In July, the President met with Imam Mahmoud Dicko, leader of the June 5 protest movement. The protests turned violent on July 10 when at least 11 people were killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in the worst political strife Mali has seen in years.

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.

What’s the reason for this new protest?

According to Aljazeera, on Monday, Keita swore in nine new judges to the Constitutional Court, part of an ECOWAS suggestion for resolving the dispute, noting that the new judges had been nominated by a Keita ally.

Absent [from Monday’s swearing-in ceremony] were the June 5 Movement and their leaders, who were not involved in the decision on who these judges will be.

The appointments added “fuel to the fire in this feeling amongst protesters that Keita is abusing power by bringing allies close to him”.

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