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Canada Mali: two months in captivity for the opponent Soumaïla Cissé at the hands of the jihadists

04:55  24 may  2020
04:55  24 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Soumaïla Cissé (born December 20, 1949) is a Malian politician who served in the government of Mali as Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2000.

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Soumaïla Cissé entouré de ses partisans, le 13 août 2018, à Bamako. © ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP Soumaïla Cissé surrounded by his supporters, on August 13, 2018, in Bamako.

Saturday May 23, it has been 60 days since the Malian opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé was kidnapped by armed men near Timbuktu. Eleven others abducted at the same time as him, or shortly after his abduction, have all been released. Him, no. He is still in the hands of his captors, and the Malian government is tearing his hair out for his release.

With our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel

To encourage and support Soumaïla Cissé's family 60 days after his abduction , several people met his wife. Among the visitors, the representative of the UN mission in Bamako, Mahamat Saleh Annadif. For its part, the Malian government has made its release a matter of state. According to our information, Soumaïla Cissé was able to receive at his place of detention the medicines he needed and which were conveyed from Bamako. A source familiar with the matter, "the kidnappers' claims are known and under investigation."

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way you helped me escape. Now the day bleeds Into nightfall And you're not here To get me through it all I let my guard down And then you pulled the rug I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved.

Visitors often leave the designated trails, risking nesting birds and animals being disturbed, vegetation being destroyed and water courses becoming polluted. In addition, the traditional hill farming of the Lake District has effects on the landscape.

Transferred to the North ...

Two months after his abduction, the opposition leader is said to be alive. But if he was kidnapped in the Timbuktu region, the kidnappers probably managed to transfer him not to central Mali as we thought, but rather to the far north of the country, in the area where jihadists are present obey their leader Iyad Ag Ghaly .

Contact would be established. To further the release, the Malian head of state, who received Soumaïla Cissé's wife, recently sent two emissaries to Algeria. He also reportedly picked up the phone to call his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.

Bundestag for the expansion of the Bundeswehr's deployment of Mali .
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