Mali: The authorities protest after the overview of a French military aircraft
© RFI / Olivier FOUT An airplane from the French Operation Barkhane in Mali. (Illustration Image) The Cédéao has closed its borders with Mali as part of the sanctions of the regional institution to force Bamako to quickly organize elections. Mali responded by doing the same. But do these closures are also worth foreign military aircraft? The Malian government issued a protest after a big carrier of the French army cut off his radio to cross the Malian border and go to Gao.
© RFI Mandekan The Malian economist Etienne Fakaba Sissoko was arrested on Sunday, January 16, 2022 for "discrimination" and "false and use of false university degrees".
The arrest of Etienne Fakaba Sissoko continues to arouse emotion and reactions. Economist at the Center for Research, Political, Economic and Social Analysis of Mali (Crapes), Etienne Fakaba Sissoko has been in prison since Sunday night. Prosecuted in two cases, his interpellation worries, particularly because of the context in which it occurs.
Etienne Fakaba Sissoko is pursued by Malian justice in two cases: the first concerns words encouraging "ethnic or religious discrimination" - in particular lamented on social networks the holding of national sitting on Christmas Day- The second concerns a university degree that he is suspected of having falsified. But this arrest occurs in a particular context. The economist had extensively responded to the solicitations of the media who questioned him about the consequences of the sanctions of Cédéao for Mali.
Ousted president of Mali dies aged 76
He was forced from power in a coup last year after mass protests over security, economy and elections.Last year he suffered a minor stroke but the cause of his death was not immediately clear.
The Collective of Defense of Democratic Acquisites (CodeF-AD) has been established in recent weeks, it brings together political parties and worried associations of threats that are currently weighing on the freedom of expression and opinion in Mali .
Dora Diarra is a head of the SADI political party, whose President Oumar Mariko is precisely targeted by a judicial procedure for remarks against the Prime Minister of Transition Choguel Maïga. He alerts the situation in the country.
"In recent times in Mali, there is a democratic decline. It did not start with Etienne Fakaba Sissoko. Campaigns against political parties, denigration, blockages of political parties funds, the blockages of the subsidy to the press. Finally, we arrived at the judicialization of the political debate, all those who do not applaud the transition are vilified on social networks or arrested by justice, "says Dora Diarra, which is also one of C-C-C-CFIA.
Four French soldiers of the operation "Barkhane" injured in an explosion in Burkina Faso
© Copyright 2022, Obs Four French soldiers were injured in Burkina Faso during the explosion of an improvised explosive machine (IED ) At the passage of their vehicle, in the north of the country, announced the French staff Tuesday, January 18, to the evening. "The off-road vehicle exploded on an IED at the exit of the Ouahigouya airport," said the staff, stating that it was a "unit" Barkhane "on a recognition mission".
"In the case of Etienne Fakaba Sissoko, the floor spoke of false diplomas and incentive to hatred between ethnic and religious groups. False diplomas, I do not know but it is not now that Etienne Fakaba Sissoko started to introduce himself as a doctor. People had been thrown from the public service because of false diplomas and are not arrested. In addition to this, since the sanction delivered by Cédéao, Etienne Fakaba Sissoko began alerting the Malian people, saying it's difficult, that we can not support. And that it is challenged at that time, it concerns us. A job against freedom of expression is underway in our country. What are the true motivations for which Etienne Fakaba Sissoko has been arrested? »
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The Mali insists that Denmark withdraws from the country .
Mali-Securite: Mali insists that Denmark withdraws his troops from the country © Reuters / Paul Lorgerie Mali insists that Denmark withdraws his troops from the country Bamako (Reuters) - The Malian government again asked Denmark on Thursday to withdraw its soldiers deployed in the country as part of an anti-terrorism mission led by France.