By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Protesters in Mali have forced the state broadcaster off air during large demonstrations in the capital Bamako. Police have fired shots and used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators – some of whom were trying to break into the national assembly.
This is the third rally in a month demanding that President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita stand down. There is discontent over a long-running jihadist conflict, an economic crisis and disputed legislative elections.
Protests started after the opposition coalition rejected concessions from President Keita designed to end a political stand-off over a disputed legislative election in March.
The opposition this week said the movement had dropped its demand for President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita to step down. But it still called this protest because it wants more reforms.
Keita secured a second five-year term in 2018 but he has faced increased opposition over a rise in jihadist violence and an economic crisis.
Malians will hope this instability does not play into the hands of the jihadists who are behind the escalating violence in the north and centre of the country.