Mali’s political turmoil deepens, regional mediators step up efforts for negotiations

Amid the deepening political crisis in Mali, the regional mediators are ramping up efforts in the region where the political opposition has strengthened itself with a renewed call for protests so that President Ibrahim Boubcar Keita leaves office three years before his final term comes to an end.

The latest development in negotiations comes after Ivory Coast’s President, this week, arrived in the capital to try to salvage talks. the opposition leaders had rejected an earlier solution which was proposed by the mediators from the 15-nation West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS.

The plan called for Keita to form a unity government and share power, which, the opposition leaders said fell short because the President would get to remain in office after he was re-elected five years later after being democratically elected in 2013.

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