Birth of an opposition front in Mali

In Mali, about fifty political parties and a hundred associations signed on Sunday a manifesto for alternation and change.

Three months ahead of the first round of presidential elections in Mali scheduled for July 29, the opposition has gathered thousands of people at the Palace of Culture of Bamako.

At the cry of “change”, sympathizers and activists of the Malian opposition came to criticize and reject the record of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

They believe that alternation is necessary during the presidential election in July and the manifesto signed by the opposition leaders including several candidates declared to the presidential overwhelms the regime of the outgoing president.

The leader of the opposition, Soumaila Cissé, talks about important “efforts to set up this coalition” and reach the signing of the manifesto.

Lack of resources for the Malian armed forces, corruption, impoverishment of the population and insecurity are some of the evils on which the opposition is surfing to expose the failure of the outgoing regime after five years at the head of Mali.

Tiebile Dramé, one of the opposition leaders, believes that “alternation is a matter of national survival”.

The manifesto does not devote a single candidacy from the opposition for the presidential election.

Instead, it provides for the signatories to support the coalition candidate who will be in the second round of the election.

At the same time, the presidential majority was held behind closed doors in a hotel in Bamako.

The conclave aims to launch a coalition to support the candidacy of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita for a second term.

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