French magazine lepoint said that the country of Mali has lived under hours of intense pressure since the July 10 demonstration organized by the M5 movement and described it as the worst day of civil unrest in Bamako in years.
The magazine noted in its African section that the clashes continued on Saturday, at a time when the country witnessed the arrest of several prominent figures who participated in the protests, while 4 civilians were killed, including two minors, according to an official in the emergency department of a large hospital in the financial capital of Agence France-Presse.
In an attempt to calm - as the magazine says - President Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita - who embodies the main source of discontent - declared "the dissolution of the Constitutional Court" in a new speech to the nation, the fourth since the beginning of the crisis that erupted after the announcement of the results of the legislative elections in March and April. April, here are the 10 most prominent stations in this crisis:
On March 26 , opposition leader Somila Cisse was kidnapped during the legislative campaign, an unprecedented kidnapping of a figure of this status.
On March 29 , despite the appearance of the Coronavirus, insistence that the first round of voting be held as scheduled, and the second round on April 19, the poll was marked by the kidnapping of electoral agents, the sabotage of some polling stations, and the explosion of a landmine, leaving 9 people dead.
On March 30 , the Constitutional Court reversed about 30 results, including 10 in favor of the party of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, in power since 2013, which led to demonstrations in early May.
On May 30 , influential Imam Mahmoud Diku, opposition parties and the civil society movement formed an unprecedented alliance, calling for a demonstration to demand the president's resignation, and denounced the weakness of power in the face of insecurity, economic stagnation, and the circumstances in which the legislative elections took place, as well as the Constitutional Court’s decision .
On June 5 , thousands of millions of people took to the streets chanting against the president and demanding his resignation.
On June 12 , the head of state renewed his confidence in Prime Minister Bobo Cisse and charged him with forming a new government, and opened the door to a national unity government on June 16.
On June 19 , thousands in Bamako went out again calling for the president's resignation, while the mission of good offices in the Economic Organization for West African States called for the formation of a national unity government and the organization of new partial legislative elections.
On July 7 , the president indicated that he had no objection to running for senators in the legislative elections, who initially announced winners before the Constitutional Court declared them unsuccessful.
On July 8 , the president paved the way for a review of the Constitutional Court’s decision on legislative elections, but protest leaders rejected the president’s offer, accusing him of ignoring their demands that include dissolving parliament, although they agreed not to make the president’s resignation a precondition, and at the same time Their movement waved resort to "civil disobedience".
On July 10 , Bamako turned into a theater for a new demonstration that turned away from its target, killing at least two people and wounding more than 70, and some public buildings such as the National Assembly and the National Television Headquarters were damaged.
On the night after the demonstration, the president announced that he would "guarantee the security of property, citizens and institutions without any weakness", while emphasizing "his will to continue the dialogue" and "calm the situation."