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MALI: Parliamentary elections contested

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In Mali, it is contestation on contestation, the population, but also the body of the opposition have taken to the streets to protest against this general election which took place in the greatest confusion. An election that took place at a time when the country is affected by the global health crisis linked to coronavirus, but also by the disappearance of Soumaïla Cissé, the Malian opposition leader who was kidnapped during his campaign tours in the north of the country.

However, the Constitutional Court validated this highly criticized election by publishing on 30 April 2020, the final results of the second round of the general election on 19 April 2020. Yet all the elements were gathered so that this election meeting was rejected in vain.

To denounce what the demonstrators today call “an electoral threshing party”, the streets of three major cities in the country have been stormed for several days. They are black people from Kayes to Sikasso, from Kati to Bougouni, from Sévaré to Bamako, the capital, they braved the curfew to show their anger but also to express their disagreement with the results of these unprecedented legislative elections. The protesters disrupted the circulation, blocked the arteries and burned tires.

The ruling party has taken the votes cast to the detriment of the opposition which points to the figures of the contradictory results published by the Constitutional Court and its annex. It is not only the results that are indexed by the opposition but also the Constitutional Court, the demonstrators demand the unconditional revision of a constitutional provision that includes Article 94. According to them, the Court favoured the main ruling party over the opposition. The Coalition pour l’observation citoyenne des élections au Mali (Cocem) calls for the lifting of the veil and enlightening public opinion on the outcome of these elections, without much satisfaction.

       

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