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Mali’s leadership reauthorizes political activities that were suspended in April

Mali’s leadership reauthorizes political activities that were suspended in April

Mali’s junta has decided to authorize the activities of political parties and political associations again, which were suspended earlier this year on allegations that the parties were instigating “sterile discussions” and “subversion”.

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Mali’s ruling junta announced on Wednesday that it was resuming the activities of political parties and political associations, which it had suspended in April.

“The government has decided to lift the suspension that banned political parties and the activities of political associations,” said a statement from the Council of Ministers, which is dominated by military leaders who seized power in a coup in 2020.

The head of the military government, Colonel Assimi Goita, justified the suspension with the “sterile discussions” and “subversion” of the political parties, which in his opinion posed a threat to an ongoing national “dialogue” on the political future of Mali.

At the time, the parties protested against the colonels’ decision to remain in power beyond the deadline for the return to civilian rule in March 2024.

The main parties and the remaining opposition parties boycotted the “dialogue”, which nevertheless took place with the regime’s supporters, who in May made the “recommendation” that the military should remain in power “for another two to five years” and give the current head of the junta the opportunity to run in future presidential elections.

(AFP)