After Bamako condemned on Monday, May 2, the defense agreements that united France and Mali, the departure of the French soldiers planned for the end of the summer could be complicated. Public opinion and the various Malian political parties feel divided between supporting the initiatives of the Malian transitional authorities and condemning a position taken by a government that has “no legitimacy”.
In any case, the French soldiers had planned to leave the country definitively by the end of the summer. But this decision can complicate the end of this liberation, it marks above all an additional turning point in relations between the military junta in power in Bamako and the French authorities.
For Sory Ibrahima Traoré, President of the Front for Emergency and Renewal in Mali (FER-Mali), this “decision is justified “and” understandable “, he says, at the head of a political organization that supports the transitional authorities.
This decision is not a surprise, as the political and military relations between Mali and France were very problematic for a while. The suspicion was really at its peak. So we and the Malian people in general were prepared for this rupture. This pause is justified and it is an understandable pause, desired and supported by a majority of the Malian people.
For Sory Ibrahima Traoré, President of FER-Mali, this “decision is justified”
Abdoulaye Coulibaly does not share this opinion. The chairman of the Initiative for the Concretization of the People’s Expectations (Icap), a member party in the cadre that brings together movements that are against the current Malian transitional authorities, regrets a position which should have been left “to the next government, democratically elected”.
This transition has no legitimacy to break the agreements signed by a democratically elected government. This government does not represent the Malays, so I think that if he really wants to break the agreements with France, he should leave this issue to the next government, a democratically elected government. It is very dangerous because today we need all our partners, including France and everyone else, given the growing uncertainty, and it is still dangerous because it is not the role of the transition to break these agreements. We must remember that it was France that liberated Mali and I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the soldiers of France, Mali and other nations who sacrificed themselves to liberate Mali. The slogan you see today in Mali, “down with France”, does not sincerely represent Malians.
For the president of Icap Abdoulaye Coulibaly, this position should have been left “to the next government, democratically elected”
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For Ivorian Arthur Banga, a teacher-researcher at Félix-Houphouët-Boigny University in Abidjan, the situation could create complications. However, this defense specialist still believes that both parties have an interest in ensuring that the French army’s departure goes smoothly.
According to researcher Arthur Banga, Paris and Bamako have an interest in the troops leaving smoothly