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Mali: Is prime minister Choguel Maïga trying to postpone elections?

By Fatoumata Diallo
Posted on Friday, 2 July 2021 18:04

Thousands of Malians gather after IBK’s resignation at Bamako’s Independence Square, 21 August 2020. Anadolu Agency via AFP

Mali’s prime minister Choguel Kokalla Maïga has referred to the upcoming national dialogue, which is due to be held in September, as the “government's second major priority”.

He said it would allow Mali to perform “a shared diagnosis of the seriousness and depth of the crisis” affecting the country and to become aware of “the issues, challenges and structural vulnerabilities” that it must address. The stated objective of the “national conference on rebuilding” is to “rebuild the state”.

“All the documents that arise from the various conferences will serve as raw material to develop the framework,” the prime minister said on 21 June. “This will be sent to all the regions, circles and communes so that citizens can discuss amongst themselves.”