Archive | August, 2020

Update on Mali

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, le président malien qui « jouissait du pouvoir sans l’exercer »  Cyril Bensimon discussess in Le Monde the recent Malian military coup. IBK was overthrown on August 18th by an army that, eight years earlier, in 2012, had greatly contributed to its accession to command by ousting his predecessor, Amadou Toumani Touré. Since then, the state became increasingly fragile.  Mali : défaire le coup d’Etat sans revenir en arrière An International Crisis Group report suggests that Malian actors and international parterns need to restore constitutional order and support governance conducive to real reforms rather than restore the previous system and personalities, which have contributed to the crisis in the first place.

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Solving political crises in West Africa & Sahel: Consensus rather than compromise

NIMD Sahel Director Mirjam Tjassing and Founder of WATHI Yabi Gilles argue if ECOWAS does not go beyond the usual worn-out political recipes – perceived by marginalised populations as cake-sharing between opportunistic actors – the chances of ending cycle of political crises plaguing Mali, the Sahel and West Africa are very slim. Original article: In English on NIMD in French in Jeune Afrique

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