World: Algiers hardens the tone against Bamako

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Le président algérien Abdelmadjid Tebboune, le 19 décembre 2019. © Reuters/Ramzi Boudina Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, December 19, 2019.

during an interview with the Algerian press on Sunday July 31, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune called the Malian authorities Transition to "give voice to the people", "go towards elections as soon as possible" and apply the 2015 peace agreement.

"give the floor to the people", "go to elections" "as soon as possible ». In his interview with the Malian press on Sunday, July 31, Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune addressed the Malian transitional authorities . Its request is not in itself surprising-the return to constitutional order is a requirement of all the international partners of Mali and an ambition displayed by the Malian transitional authorities themselves-, but this outing is surprised for two reasons.

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First of all because it implies that these elections would not be acquired, which is similar to an attack on current Malian leaders. Then because the tensions on the subject had been peaceful since the agreement found at the beginning of the last month between Bamako and the Cédéao, which allowed the majority of the economic sanctions that struck Mali. The words of Abdelmadjid Tebboune therefore come as against the current.

Furthermore, the Algerian president asks Bamako not to let the 2015 peace agreement die. "As long as the agreement is not applied, the problems in Mali persist", judges Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Algeria had sponsored this agreement concluded in Bamako seven years ago between the Malian government and armed groups of the North, including ex-independence rebels today grouped within the CMA. The latter themselves denounce "abandonment" by the Malian authorities for the transition from the implementation of the agreement.

The Agreement Monitoring Committee has not met since last October, but after months of waiting, the government and the signatory groups began this Monday 1st work that must last until the end of The week to, precisely, allow to revive the application of the peace agreement.

Why this exit from the Algerian president on the need to organize elections quickly in Mali, why today? Interview with Adib Bencherif, Deputy Professor at the Sherbrooke Applied Policy School in Canada, and associate researcher with the Sahel Research Group of the University of Florida

Germany pulls 60 military members from his base at Bamako Airport. .
At the request of the Malian authorities, The Bundeswehr announced the withdrawal of 60 soldiers from a logistics base at the airport in the Malian capital Bamako on Friday. This once again resulted in tensions with the Malian authorities who demanded the withdrawal of this contingent. © provided by news 360 archive - file picture of a German soldier in use in Niger.

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