Mali’s Boubacar Keita in Hot Drapes as Thousands Flood Bamako to Demand his Resignation

Thousands of people demonstrated in Mali's capital on Friday June 5 to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

 

Following calls by opposition party and Church leaders, the demonstrators in Bamako denounced corruption, arbitrary arrests, and the organization of April’s legislative elections.

 

 Mali President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (C) Al Jazeera

 

New York Times reports that the demonstrators also called for the release of opposition leader Soumaila Cissé, who was abducted by armed men in March while he was campaigning for the elections. The abduction in the North of the country happened in an area controlled by extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and other Islamist fundamentalist factions.

 

This is not the first times pools of people have invaded the streets of Bamako to protest injustice, election malpractice and other anti-democratic ills in Mali. The country has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising prompted mutinous soldiers to overthrow the president of a decade. The power vacuum that resulted led to an Islamic insurgency and a French-led intervention that ousted the jihadists from power in 2013.

 

Friday’s populous demonstrations signal another period of unrest in the conflict-stricken country.