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Postponement of Malian elections increases likelihood of 2018 presidential polls being deferred, triggering violent opposition protests

05 December 2017


On 26 November, Mali’s Council of Ministers ruled that local and regional elections scheduled for 17 December would be postponed until April 2018.

The decision was made on the grounds of insecurity and a need for dialogue between political and armed groups. Local and regional elections were last held in 2009, and four times-delayed municipal polls finally took place in November 2016, but the turnout was low and they were withheld in some northern areas because of insecurity. The Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) and pro-government Platforme armed groups, which signed a peace agreement with the government in 2015, support the elections’ postponement and first want a review of local administration laws, in line with reforms agreed in the deal.

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