An order has been issued by the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, to dissolve the constitutional court in an attempt to calm lingering anti-government protests
President Keita while announcing the dissolution of the court which has been at the centre of controversy after it overturned provisional results for parliamentary elections in March, said that he would not tolerate such violence which witnessed the killing of four people in street protests on Friday.
“I have decided to repeal the licences of the remaining members of the constitutional court,” the president said in an evening television address on Saturday.
“This de facto dissolution of the court will enable us, from next week, to ask relevant authorities to nominate new members so that the reformed court can quickly help us find solutions to the disputes arising from the legislative elections,” he added.
Meanwhile, Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse promised to rapidly form a government “open to facing the challenges of the day”; adding the death toll from the country’s worst civil unrest in years had risen to four.
“The president and I remain open to dialogue. I will very quickly set up an executive with the intention of being open to facing the challenges of the day,” Cisse said while visiting a hospital on Saturday.
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