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Vol 60 No 2

Published 25th January 2019


Mali

A compromised regime

After the president was re-elected, partly thanks to northern armed groups who brought in the vote, optimism is in short supply

Mali ended 2018 better than many expected. On the national political front, the presidential election went smoothly and President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was re-elected for a second term. It's a slim guarantee of stability but one of that the international community will cling to. On the security front, the French regional anti-jihadist Operation Barkhane achieved several significant successes against the jihadist groups Jamaat Nusrat ul Islam wal Muslimin ?(JNIM) and l'Etat islamique dans le Grand Sahara ?(ISGS – Islamic State in the Greater Sahara), while the Algiers peace agreement, which is hardly implemented, has led to a sustainable ceasefire between the signatory armed groups the Coordination des Mouvements de l'Azawad? (CMA) and the pro-government Plateforme.

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