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Vol 61 No 14

Published 9th July 2020


Keïta clings on

A deal that could end the deadlock that has brought thousands to the streets demanding the President’s resignation is edging closer

News that on 5 July the beleaguered head of state President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) had held talks with Mahmoud Dicko, the conservative imam whose mass mobilising appeal has given real clout to protests of recent weeks, fuelled speculation that a settlement might be imminent. The cleric has made a point of stressing that he himself is not demanding Keïta's head – though many of his political and civil society allies in the Mouvement du 5 Juin-Rassemblement des forces patriotiques (M5-RFP) are still reluctant to compromise.

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