In the spotlight: Mali isolates itself a little more

The Malian military authorities have decided to withdraw from all organs and bodies in the G5 Sahel, including the joint force. In a statement conveyed by the press, especially by the site Maliweb, the junta declares that it is leaving the organization due to the refusal of the other G5 Sahel member states to give it chairmanship of the organization. “The Government of the Republic of Mali strongly rejects the argument of a G5 Sahel Member State promoting the national internal political situation to oppose Mali’s exercise of the presidency of the G5 Sahel,” we read in the military press release.

In fact, the online newspaper Malikilé specifies, “Bamako considers the fact that the G5-Sahel refuses to hand over the rotating chairmanship of the organization to him, when his turn has come for three months, an ‘negative discrimination’ unacceptable. “politics with two weights, two measures” inspired, to be clear, on the unspoken of France manipulating Niger.

And Malikilé wonders: “what will the G5-Sahel be without Mali geographically located at the center of its intervention perimeter?”

Extremism … The reactions in the press in the sub-region are lively … “Mali: who will stop the destructive one-upmanship?” exclaims thus Ledjelyin Guinea. “There is no need to dwell on the reasons that could have led the Malian authorities to make the decision to withdraw the country from the G5 Sahel. These reasons can be summed up in one word: extremism,” Ledjely regrets. The Malian crisis is on the rise. On the one hand, the Malian authorities, on the other hand, ECOWAS, UEMOA and France. Today it’s about the G5 Sahel, but tomorrow it could very well be about ECOWAS, UEMOA or even the African Union.

The map of the plot? In addition, and still in the case of Mali, a large demonstration of support for the army took place on Friday in Bamako …

“Malian and Russian flags, slogans against the French military presence: thousands of people took to the streets on Friday to support Malian soldiers,” Young Africa. And speak out against the possibility of prosecution by the International Criminal Court. ” At present, the Pan-African website notes, “the ICC has never announced that it has issued an arrest warrant against a Malian military official. But the specter of this hypothesis now dominates the discourse. For an observer of social movements, it is a ‘conditioning of the masses relative to what “one day it could happen. Again, we’re playing the conspiracy card.”

For its part, the information page MalijetReaffirms that “the aim of this demonstration was to support the FAMA’s actions against the terrorists on the ground and to reaffirm in the eyes of the whole world that the Malian army is only carrying out its mission for the sovereign people of Mali, contrary to what we want people to believe. “

Freedom of the press in decline Words that reflect military press releases. It must be said that the Malian press has received a mouthful in recent months. There is only one line, the ruling junta. In addition, the information site The Mali grandstandnotes that “freedom of the press is in sharp decline: this situation has never been seen before in the country, he continues, and journalists are now called regularly and warned by the country’s high authorities. (…) Wagner’s mercenaries’ information manipulation efforts bore fruit in just a few months, states Mali Tribune. In this context, some Malian journalists and bloggers are trying to respond by mobilizing. Some of them thus gave birth to the Association of Bloggers of Mali. These journalists have become aware of the great role they can play in the fair processing and dissemination of information to meet the people’s ambitions. One question arises, however, the Mali Tribune concludes: how long can this charitable initiative last before it becomes the mouthpiece of Wagner?

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