The Malian opposition continued to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Tuesday, rejecting a national unity plan and related measures proposed following an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit meeting on Mali.
The Mouvement du 5 Juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques, led by Mahmoud Dicko, said in a statement that M5-RFP “demands more than ever” the end of Keïta and his regime. The movement also minced no words on its disappointment with ECOWAS and what its leaders say is a failure to grasp the severity of Mali’s situation, as well as a call for sanctions against those interfering with the stabilization plan.
“The M5-RFP notes, with regret, that the conclusions of the Summit of Heads of State do not take into account the depth and gravity of the sociopolitical crisis which is mortgaging the future of Mali, do not correspond at all to expectations and aspirations of the Malian people and above all violate the laws and the Constitution of Mali that the Movement respects,” they added.
President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, the current ECOWAS head, and the organization said they were trying to resolve issues to avoid the consequences of unrest seen in 2012. They adopted recommendations from a July 19 delegation sent to assess Mali’s political and security crisis that include the resignation of 31 MPs elected to parliament during disputed elections in March, the recomposition of Mali’s constitutional court, the sanctions and several conflict monitoring mechanisms.
Yet all of the elements were rejected by the M5-RFP, which said it still demands full investigation and legal consequences following the deaths of protesters linked to security forces during July protests, and the abduction of opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé. The ECOWAS proposal calls instead for a commission of inquiry but M5-RFP said it wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) involved.
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