West African Leaders on Mission to End Mali’s Political Crisis

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Al Jazeera: "The visit on Thursday by the presidents of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal comes days after a mediation mission by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS failed to break the deadlock."
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West African leaders have arrived in Bamako on a high-stakes mission aimed at defusing Mali's weeks-long political crisis that has raised concerns of further instability in a country grappling with multiple crises, including an escalating conflict.

The visit on Thursday by the presidents of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal comes days after a mediation mission by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS failed to break the deadlock.

The foreign leaders are expected to meet Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and key figures of the opposition coalition behind the protests, known as the June 5 Movement.

"It will be difficult to rebuff presidents who come to help bring back peace and stability to your country," said researcher Demba Moussa Dembele, president of the Dakar-based African Forum on Alternatives.

"The government and the opposition would likely avoid being blamed if the mission were to fail," Dembele said.

Mobilized by influential Muslim leader Ibrahim Dicko, tens of thousands of opposition protesters have in recent weeks poured onto the streets of Bamako to demand Keita's resignation.

Read the rest of this Al Jazeera story here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/west-african-leaders-high-stakes-...

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