Abdelmadjid Tebboune

The Algerian president calls on the Malian government to move towards elections

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune called on Sunday evening July 31 the military in power in Mali to return to legality “as soon as possible”. “I ask the current leaders of Mali to return to legality as soon as possible. To give the floor to the people and to move towards elections, launched the Algerian head of state in a television interview with the local press. As long as the Algiers agreement is not implemented, the problems in Mali will persist”.

Algeria, which shares some 1,400 km of borders with its southern neighbor, took an active part in the peace agreement signed in 2015 with the independence rebellion to end the war in Mali, but its application remains uncertain. “Terrorism exists in Mali but part of it is fabricated”, accused the Algerian president, believing that certain parties do not want the situation to improve and that the deterioration of the situation in Mali “whets the appetites of certain States” that he did not name. He stressed that Algeria was ready to help Mali economically and politically.

Mali, a poor and landlocked country in the heart of the Sahel, was rocked by two military coups in August 2020 and May 2021. The political crisis goes hand in hand with a serious ongoing security crisis since 2012 and the outbreak of insurgencies separatist and jihadist in the North.

The country remains the scene of attacks by groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda (some leaders of which are Algerians) and the Islamic State, and violence by other armed actors, self-defense militias or gangs of criminals.

Posted on Sunday July 31st, 2022 | Le Figaro

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