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Mali junta postpones constitutional referendum

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The ruling junta in Mali introduced on Friday that it will postpone a constitutional referendum scheduled for March 19, whereas assuring that it will respect its commitments to return civilians to the helm of the nation in 2024.

“The date of the referendum scheduled for March 19, 2023 (…) might be barely postponed,” authorities spokesman Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga stated in an announcement learn to the press. This referendum is step one purported to be validated by the vote on the way in which to elections in February 2024 and a return to civilian rule.

The junta justifies this postponement by the set up of the representations of the election administration physique in all areas of the nation and by the need to popularize the draft new Structure.

“The brand new date for the referendum might be set after session with the unbiased election administration authority and all of the actors within the electoral course of,” the assertion added.

This structure is a key aspect of the huge reform mission invoked by the army to justify persevering with to rule this nation till 2024, which is going through the unfold of jihadism and a deep multi-faceted disaster.

The model of the structure introduced as closing, handed to the top of the junta, Colonel Assimi Goïta, on February 27, affirms the “attachment to the republican type and secularity of the state.

Mali has been plagued since 2012 by the unfold of jihadism and violence of every kind. The junta pushed out French troopers in 2022 amid nice acrimony and has turned militarily and politically to Russia.