Mali. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Mali include Independence Day (September 22) and New Year (January 1). An old conflict flared up again when the Tuareg militia in May attacked two military outposts in northeast M. No bloodshed occurred, as the soldiers fled into the desert. The Rebels withdrew already a day later after stealing weapons and supplies. After a major Tuareg uprising in the 1990s, the region was granted increased autonomy and most militiamen were successfully incorporated into the army and the state administration. Even this limited rebellion had a quick solution. With the help of Algerian mediation, the government and Tuareg governments were able to sign a peace agreement at the end of June following new promises of service in the army.
Six people are charged with sabotage against the coup plotters
Six people, including the missing former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, are being prosecuted for trying to sabotage the change of power in connection with the military coup on 18 August 2020. Five of the six accused are in police custody.
Opposition leader Cissé is dead
The opposition party URD’s leader Soumaila Cissé dies with covid-19 at the age of 71. During the election campaign, Cissé was kidnapped by jihadists in central Mali and held captive for six months before being released by the kidnappers (see March 2020 and October 2020). Mali is struggling with a second corona wave and has so far had just over 6,300 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 229 deaths in the viral disease.
Military dominance over the new parliament
The military is strengthening its position in the transitional government when Colonel Malick Diaw, one of the leaders of the coup in August, is elected chairman of the transitional parliament. The temporary parliament will work out a proposal for a new constitution and lead the country towards general elections. However, the division of power between Parliament and the government is unclear. The Tuareg movement CMA calls the election of the president “absurd”. The fifth June movement boycotts parliament in protest of military dominance.
The transitional parliament is presented
Mali’s Acting President Bah Ndaw presents the members of the newly created Transitional Parliament. The Legislative Assembly has 121 members, of which 22 go to the military, eleven to political parties and eight to the Fifth June Movement. The remaining seats are divided between former rebel groups, trade unions and civil society organizations. The Fifth June movement and others criticize the fact that each member must be approved by the coup leader Goita and choose to boycott the work in parliament. The establishment of a new temporary legislative assembly is an important part of the agreement on a return to civilian rule.