for the past six weeks that the government and the opposition are struggling to reach to pull the country out of the crisis. The protest movement in mali has rejected Saturday the proposal to form a government of national unity formulated by the mission of the economic Community of States of West Africa. This mediation of experts led by the former nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan is on place since Wednesday to try to defuse the tensions. Among the solutions that were initially rejected by the M5 to maintain the power of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, whose it continues to call for the resignation. Up late again Friday, July 17, the team of mediators met with the Motion of 5 June (M5-RFP), the alliance that defies the power in the street. Imam Mahmoud Dicko, inescapable character of the Movement of the 5 of June, has been received separately by the delegation of the sub-regional institution. "We really talked about in brothers and in Africa and I hope that, inshallah [God willing], something will come out of this, that's going to give back to Mali its greatness," said the imam, who was said to have a federated oppositions of old, of which a good number of stakeholders have actively participated in the system that they denounce.
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points of contention
But the leaders of the M5, an alliance of heterogeneous religious leaders and personalities of the political world and civil society, have used a tone less conciliatory. "The solution proposals of the Ecowas mission in no way correspond to the aspirations and expectations expressed by the M5-RFP, and worn by the overwhelming majority of the malian people ", served the movement in a communiqué at the conclusion of the meeting, which ended late in the night.
At this meeting, the mediation of the Ecowas, which is trying to prevent the political crisis in Mali is only getting worse and to avoid a new bloodshed, proposed a plan to end the crisis in several points, depending on the M5-RFP. In addition to that it expressly provides for the retention of the president Keïta in its functions, the plan also proposes a recomposition of the constitutional Court, that broke the anger in striking down thirty of results of the general elections of march-April, a review of the electoral disputes and a government of national unity.
At this meeting, the M5-RFP has "reiterated his request [...] including the resignation of Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, but Ecowas has made it known that this resignation was" a red line ", continues the movement in its press release.
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The M5 does not loose anything of its claims
According to the M5-RFP, the proposals of the mediation " shall take no account of the socio-political context and of the major risks that the governance of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses to the very existence of Mali as a nation, the republic and democracy ".
In a climate of exasperation nourished for years by the instability of security, economic downturn, or even a corruption, considered endemic, the third big demonstration on 10 July against the president IBK to the call of the M5-RFP was escalated in three days of unrest bloody.
The crowd attacked the Parliament and national tv, the streets are erect barricades and different districts have been the scene of pogroms and clashes between stone throwers and security forces firing live bullets.
The confrontation has killed 11 people, according to the Prime minister Boubou Cisse. A division of the UN mission in the country (Minusma), speaks of 14 protesters killed, including a woman and two boys. The M5 goes as far as to mention 23 dead.
The authorities have been criticised from all sides for excessive use of force. "Unfortunately, there have been slip-ups, it is very unfortunate what happened and we apologize for the inconvenience. Of course, a judicial inquiry will be opened ", said the Prime minister to the channel France 24. "All the light will be made" and the "measures" will be taken, he promised.
The Motion of 5 June, which channels of distresses multiple and profound, has enacted the "civil disobedience" and has pushed back until then attempts to open the president. He had originally announced a new rally high-risk this Friday. With the arrival of the Ecowas mission, he opted for a day of recollection in the memory of the dead of the protests in the mosques of the country.
The international community is concerned about this escalation to the outcome unpredictable, in a region tormented.
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