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US News New president in Mali: towards an end to the crisis?

13:25  22 september  2020
13:25  22 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Mali celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence

 Mali celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence © France24 / Graphic studio On September 22, Mali celebrated the 60th anniversary of its independence. But before the Republic of Mali, there was the Federation of Mali made up of French Sudan and Senegal. Florence Gaillard looks back on the events of 1960. On September 22, 1960, Mali, a former French colony, obtained its independence. On the occasion of this sixtieth anniversary, France 24 retraces the path of this former federation which has become the Republic of Mali.

Bah N’Daou, right, the former defense minister of Mali , with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in 2014. Mr. N’Daou is slated to become the country’s interim president . Credit Habibou Kouyate/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

Malians have welcomed France's decision to commit forces but there are fears conflict could spread in fragile Sahel region.

Le président de transition malien, Bah N'Daw, lorsqu'il était ministre de la Défense, le 28 mai 2014. © HABIBOU KOUYATE / AFP The Malian transitional president, Bah N'Daw, when he was Minister of Defense, May 28, 2014.

Mali is celebrating its 60th birthday this Tuesday and this anniversary does not look like nothing that we could have imagined a few weeks ago. The country whose greatness Modibo Keïta, the first president, is now facing the consequences of the coup d'etat of August 18, the fourth in its history. And it is now former Defense Minister Bah N’Daw who will preside over the country's destiny. This retired officer has just been appointed transitional president. An announcement that came hours before the ECOWAS ultimatum for the handing over of power to a civilian president expires.

Mali celebrates the sixty years of its independence without pomp

 Mali celebrates the sixty years of its independence without pomp © MICHELE CATTANI / AFP The head of the junta, Assimi Goïta, during the ceremonies of 60 years of the independence of Mali, in Bamako, on September 22, 2020. In Bamako, the ceremonies for the Independence Day took place this Tuesday morning. And it was Colonel Assimi Goïta, the head of the junta, who presided over the festivities. With our special correspondent in Bamako, Florence Morice Mali celebrates its 60th anniversary this Tuesday .

Mali has had a rough decade. A crisis that began with rebels and jihadists taking control of the Mali has had no functioning government for over a month. The prime minister, Boubou Cissé And though Mr. Cissé was swiftly reappointed by Mr. Keïta, he has not yet been able to form a new administration.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has offered concessions in a move to unblock a stalemate with opposition leaders that has mired the country in "If peace in Mali depends on it, and that I have the constitutional means to do it without the risk of creating a constitutional vacuum damaging for the

Reactions and analyzes of this situation in Mali and its latest developments during our special program presented by Nathalie Amar.

At his side, Moussa Mara , former Prime Minister of Ibrahim Boubacar Keït has between April 2014 and January 2015, Lamine Savané , researcher at the University of Ségou and Mohamed Amara , researcher at the Max Center Weber from the University of Lyon 2 and lecturer at the University of Bamako.

Mali: the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Moctar Ouane in charge of forming the transitional government .
© Georges GOBET Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Moctar Ouane during a press conference in Bamako on March 24, 2008 L ' former Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Moctar Ouane was appointed Prime Minister on Sunday by transitional President Bah Ndaw, fulfilling the main condition set by Mali's neighboring countries to lift their sanctions.

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