Malians Demand President’s Resignation

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
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Malians, on Friday staged a protest in Bamako to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Thousands of citizens are asking him to go over his handling of Mali crises.

The President was re-elected in 2018 for a second five-year term.

Keita has been struggling with security crisis Mali’s northern region, coronavirus outbreak and political tensions from the disputed legislative elections in March.

Political groups and human rights activists organised the demonstration backed by influential Muslim cleric Mahmoud Dicko.

“I’m here today to tell President IBK (initials of Keita’s names) that he is incompetent and that he cannot govern this country… He should resign,” Moussa Traore, an unemployed man told Reuters.

Protesting Malians carried placards that read “IBK must go” and “No to bad governance”.

On Twitter, the United States Embassy in Mali said about 20,000 people gathered at Bamako’s Independence Monument.

Ben Adama Diarra, one or the organisers’ spokesman complained that the crisis in Northern Mali has worsened and spread to the centre of the country.

“There is no security, no jobs, Everyday we record deaths (from violence and COVID-19). Mali is becoming a large cemetery,” Diarra decried.

 

AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK

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