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Mali opposition dogged with demands despite ECOWAS mediation

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<p>Five West African heads of state meeting in Bamako on Thursday failed to get the Malian opposition to accept their plan to get the country out of a political crisis.</p> <p>The delegation however remain optimistic and will meet again on Monday at an extraordinary <span class="caps">ECOWAS</span> summit by videoconference.</p> <p>Mahmoud Dicko, an influential Imam and leader of the opposition reiterated the stalemate: <br /> “Nothing has changed yet, we’ve been told nothing as far as I understand. </p> <p>“I really wanted to say it very sincerely and I said it and I will say it again; we are a people that stand, we are not a submissive or resigned people. </p> <p>“I would rather die a martyr’s death than a traitor’s death. The young people who lost their lives did not lose them for nothing. If they have really come together on this, I think that nothing has been done for the moment.” </p> <p>Kalla Ankourao, Niger Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke about <span class="caps">ECOWAS</span>’ hope for resolution: “A group has not yet given its support, it was important that a higher step be taken … and we believe that by Monday the work will be fully completed.” </p> <p>In office since 2013, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been massively challenged in the streets. Mali has been hit by a wave of protests that erupted last month.</p> <p>The demonstrators are insisting that Keita resigns, saying he has failed to address jihadist violence, corruption and the country’s economic challenges. </p> <p>The international community has been trying to defuse the crisis. Ecowas has ruled out removing the president from office saying any change of government must be through constitutional provisions.</p>

I would rather die a martyr's death than a traitor's death. The young people who lost their lives did not lose them for nothing. If they have really come together on this, I think that nothing has been done for the moment.

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