Mass Rally Demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar’s Resignation Continues in Mali

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Mass Rally Demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar’s Resignation Continues in Mali
Nwolu Obiajulu

Opposition protesters in Mali turned up en masse in the streets of Bamako, the nation’s capital, demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Friday.

Opposition leaders in Mali had made several calls accusing the president of neglecting the countries array of problems.

One of such protesters, Bintou expressed desire for the president to vacate office: “We are here tonight to put an end to corruption, to put an end to demagoguery, to put an end to this dying power that is no longer capable of educating our children, giving us health, equipping our army.

“Imagine in a country where the money intended to equip the army to protect the nation is misappropriated. This regime must be stopped. IBK (Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta) must go.”

The under-fire president announced on Tuesday that he would negotiate establishment of unity government. Critics attribute the move to appeasing of dissenting critics in the opposition who are gaining grounds.

The move did little to dissuade protesters who have taken to the streets. On Thursday, the Economic Commission of African States (ECOWAS) sent a delegation that met with Boubacar, they also advocated the formation of a unity government and reassessment of controversial legislative polls result.

Mahmoud Dicko, a protest leader stressed that the protesters were not going to relent. “He thinks that after our discussions at this rally, the demonstrators are going to be tired. But they won’t be. God willing, we will continue until victory is achieved.”

 

Source: African News

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