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Teachers boycott school reopening in Mali

Malian authorities, who had closed schools in March due to the covid 19 outbreak, reopened examination classes on June 2. But the resumption of classes was marked by disruptions for several reasons. In central and northern Mali, because of insecurity and the threat of jihadism, 1261 schools were already closed even before the pandemic. More […]

France adopted the bill rectifying the end of CFA franc

The bill ratifying the end of the CFA franc was adopted on Wednesday 20 May in the Council of Ministers by the French government. This text formally validates the transformation of the West African currency which will change its name to eco. It is a new step after the announcement made on December 21 by […]

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A moratorium on Malian debt in 2020

Mali has become the first African country to obtain a moratorium from the Paris Club after the G20 decision to suspend debt service this year, the French Finance Ministry said Tuesday, May 19. The Paris Club brings together about twenty countries, international creditors, and aims to find coordinated and sustainable solutions to the payment difficulties […]

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Mali: The Constitutional Court publishes the final results of legislative elections

On 30 May, the Constitutional Court of Mali made public the final results of the second round of legislative elections held on 19 April, in which the turnout was 35.25%. It also counted the 147 deputies elected at the end of the two rounds of the election. In both rounds of the legislative elections, the […]

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Mali: Low turnout for 2nd round of legislative elections

As announced, the second round of legislative elections took place in Mali, on April 19, despite the coronavirus pandemic and insecurity. According to media reports, attendance was low in the capital and in the interior of the country, several polling stations did not open. There was no voting in the central and northern electoral districts […]

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US calls for cut in UN peacekeeping forces in Mali

The US deputy ambassador to the United Nations Cherith Norman has called for a new approach to address the growing instability in Mali. Norman has called on Wednesday the Security Council to reduce the size of the 15,000 strong peacekeeping force in Mali. According to her, it was time to recognize that peacekeeping missions were […]

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EU approves €59.3 million for structural reforms in Mali

The European Union (EU) has approved €59.3 million (FCFA 38,9 billions) to support two programs in Mali: The State Consolidation Support Program (SBC) and the sectoral reform contract for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture sectors (CRS-SANAD). Their main objective of the funds is to support the creation of an environment conducive to economic growth. […]

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Mali: France rejects ISIS claims it shot down helicopters

France has denied claims by the ISIS terror group that it shot down the two helicopters, killing 13 French soldiers. The French Army denied that the two helicopters that crashed had been under fire from Islamic State jihadists, contradicting a statement from the militants. “There has been no gunfire from jihadists on our helicopters,” French […]

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Mali: 13 French troops die in collision of two helicopters

A collision of two French military helicopters Monday caused the death of all 13 occupants, in what appears the largest loss in a single day of French troops in Mali since their intervention in 2013. A tiger helicopter hit Cougar helicopter at low altitude at dusk in Northern Mali. The aircrafts were involved in the […]

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