Mali: the Prime Minister endorses a critical document against the junta

Mali: the Prime Minister endorses a critical document against the junta
Mali: the Prime Minister endorses a critical document against the junta

Mr. Maïga, however, affirms the need to support the head of the junta, Colonel Assimi Goïta, and denounces attempts to pit him against the military, in a video broadcast on the Facebook page of Joliba television.

A close friend of Mr. Maïga, Boubacar Traoré, was placed in detention on May 28 after the publication of a press release strongly opposing the possible retention of the military in power for several more years.

Mali, confronted with jihadism and plunged since 2012 into a serious multidimensional crisis, has been led by colonels since a double putsch in 2020 and 2021. Choguel Kokalla Maïga was appointed head of government by the military following the second coup. State.

“The memorandum for which (Boubacar Traoré) is detained, no one can say that there is a point in there that is false,” says Choguel Kokalla Maïga in the video recorded Tuesday.

Boubacar Traoré is the signatory of the critical press release published at the end of May and emanating from the M5-RFP faction (June 5 Movement – Rally of Patriotic Forces) remaining loyal to the Prime Minister.

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Mr. Maïga is seen as isolated, with limited capacity for action vis-à-vis the military. This is the first time that he has spoken publicly about this document, the publication of which has reinforced the speculations underway for months about his replacement.

Another loyalist of the Prime Minister, Abdelkader Maïga, was sentenced in April to two years in prison, including one for defamation.

The Prime Minister nevertheless affirms his support for the so-called “transition” process intended to stabilize security in Mali and generate profound reforms, before a handover of power to elected civilians. The return of civilians is now postponed to an unknown horizon after the military has repeatedly failed to fulfill its commitments in this area.

We must “not commit any act of disloyalty towards the president”, Colonel Assimi Goïta, known as Choguel Kokalla Maïga. He protests against attempts at “manipulation” aimed, according to him, at “creating conflicts at the top between the military and the Prime Minister” and presenting him as “the first opponent of the transition”.

Par Le360 Africa (with MAP)

06/19/2024 at 12:26 p.m.

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