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Four ECOWAS heads of state due in Bamako to get Mali out of sociopolitical crisis

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Four heads of state from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are expected in Bamako on Thursday to find a solution to  the sociopolitical crisis that Mali is facing, PANA learned on Tuesday, from a reliable source.

They are Ivorian President Alassanne Dramane Ouattara, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Nigerien President  Mahamadou Issoufou, also current Chair of the sub-regional organization, and Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Following the failure of an ECOWAS mission of July 15-19 to reach agreement with the June 5 Movement Rassemblement des forces patriotiques (M5-RFP), the Heads of State will try to conclude a deal between President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita and his opponents, united within the M5-RFP, which demands his resignation and that of his regime which they accuse of " bad governance "and" bad management "of the multifaceted crisis in which the country has been plunged for several years.

The M5-RFP rejected proposals for  ending the crisis recommended by the emissaries of ECOWAS led by  former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, in particular on the reform of the Constitutional Court dissolved by President Kéita, and  setting in place, before July 31, a government of national unity of which 50% of its members will be from the presidential movement, 30% from the opposition and 20% from civil society.

The M5-RFP demands the resignation of the President of the Republic as a priority, the opening of an investigation into killings perpetrated by the police during  demonstrations against President Kéita and his regime on July 10 and the following days, in which 11 people were killed and 120 injured, according to hospital sources. But, according to M5-RFP, 23 people were killed and more than 150 injured.                     

On Monday, youths of the M5-RFP, continuing with civil disobedience, barricaded roads in the Malian capital, preventing many people from going to their workplaces.

Although leaders of the M5-RFP called their militants for a truce to allow the public to go about their business and prepare for the Tabaski holiday, some of them came out to disrupt traffic on Tuesday in certain areas of Bamako.
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