In the West African country where the political opposition has renewed its call for demonstrations, regional mediators are stepping up their efforts today so that President Ibrahim Boubcar Keita leaves office three years before his final term ends.
An earlier compromise suggested by mediators of the 15-nation West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS had been rejected by the opposition leaders.
I would like once again to reassure our people of my willingness to continue the dialogue and reiterate my readiness to take all measures in my power to calm the situation.
- Senegal’s Macky Sall
- Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara
- Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou – who is also president of the regional bloc ECOWAS
- Ghana’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
ECOWAS said the departure of Keita is not something that it will accept. In 2013, the president was elected unanimously and re-elected five years later.
His popularity has plummeted in the midst of charges of corruption and an implacable Islamic uprising that started the year before he took office and worsened. Throughout June, by the thousands calling for his ouster, protesters started to take to the streets, branding themselves the June 5 Movement.
The shuttle diplomacy of West Africa has included some regional political heavyweights who helped intervene in 2012 when a military coup gave way to a jihadist takeover across the north of Mali. ECOWAS has urged the leader of the coup to turn over power to a transitional government in transition.
Keita won the first elections, held after the return of the country to democracy, the year after the coup.
Four leaders from the western African region are scheduled to help address the country's political crisis in Mali on Thursday (July 23).
They are supposed to seek the new mediation leg between counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and the key opposition protest movement-M5-RFP calling for resignation from Keita.
The four are: Macky Sall of Senegal, Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana.
The most recent regional interference included the deployment of a former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, who met with all concerned parties. However, the demonstrators ignored the call for a unity government.