In the wake of the rising protests in the Republic of Mali pertaining to the demand of protesters for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down and prevalent corruption in recent elections, several international and regional blocks including the ECOWAS, have called on Mali to re-run some of its contested local elections and convene a government of national unity.
The Capital of Mali, Bamako, has been ravaged by anti-government protests. The political tensions in the nation have witnessed an upsurge after disputed local elections in March in which turnout was low due in part to fears of attacks by jihadist groups.
After a two-day mission to the country, ECOWAS in a statement said that the regional bloc “invites the Government of the Republic of Mali to reconsider the results of all the districts which have been subject to review”. It added, “New elections for the constituencies concerned should be organized as soon as possible.”
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said, “The Secretary-General calls on all political leaders to send clear messages to their supporters to exercise utmost restraint and to refrain from any action likely to fuel tensions.”