Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dissolved the constitutional court after political tensions ignited anti-govt protests
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced the dissolution of the constitutional court in an attempt to calm major civil unrest in the vulnerable African country.
Malian President Ibrahim Keita offered to form a Government of National Unity. The citizens have rejected that offer asking him to go.
Mali, protestors have spent four weeks on the streets demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Keita and yesterday, they took over government buildings, including the state broadcaster.
The court has been at the center of controversy for months since it overturned provisional results for a parliamentary poll, triggering protests in several cities.
These demonstrations have recently intensified into deadly unrest, with thousands rallying in the capital to demand Keita’s resignation over a long-running jihadist conflict, economic woes, and perceived government corruption.
“I have decided to repeal the licenses of the remaining members of the constitutional court,” the president said in an evening television address.
“This de facto dissolution of the court will enable us, from next week, to ask relevant authorities to nominate new members so that the reformed court can quickly help us find solutions to the disputes arising from the legislative elections,” he added.
Some of the nine members of the court have already resigned, and one is dead.