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Vol 62 No 1

Published 7th January 2021


Bumps in the road ahead

The caretaker government explores talks with jihadist leaders while it keeps its military alliance with France

The death from Covid-19 of opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé on 25 December, has robbed Mali of the clear favourite for the presidential election due to take place by March 2022. Experienced and capable, albeit hampered by a weakness for technocratic language, Cissé was only released in October after more six months as a captive of northern jihadists – an ordeal that had garnered him wide popular sympathy. In recent weeks he had begun to tour West Africa, meeting heads of state.

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