Mali’s M5 opposition rally in support of the military government | Protest News

After the transitional government was removed last month, the Army is expected to appoint an M5 movement figure as prime minister.

After the second coup in Mali, hundreds of supporters of the Mali M5 opposition movement gathered in the capital Bamako to show their support for the military.

Friday’s rally was held at Independence Square in Bamako to commemorate the founding of the movement, which promoted the massive protests last year.

But this also happened after Colonel Asimi Goita deposed the civilian transitional president and prime minister on May 24.

“In a way, this [rally] Is an expression of support [M5] Movement, and the military government,” Al Jazeera’s Nicholas Hack reported from Bamako.

Malian soldiers detained Interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Mokta Waen on May 25 and deprived them of their power, putting the country into further uncertainty after the military coup last August.

Goita may appoint a major M5 figure as his new prime minister-some people believe that this may ease international criticism of the second coup.

The military’s recent seizure of power has triggered diplomatic turmoil, prompting the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) time out Mali.

France resolutely denounced on Thursday and also said that it would Suspension of joint military operations Cooperate with the Malian army and will stop providing advice to the Malian army.

After the violence broke out in Mali in 2012, the former colonial ruler of Mali deployed thousands of troops in the Sahel region to help combat armed groups, which is now threatening the region.

The French Ministry of Defense stated that the moratorium is a “conservative and temporary measure”, waiting for “guarantees” that Mali’s ruling army will hold elections in February 2022.

The ministry added that the French army will continue to operate in Mali, but it will depend on themselves.

Goita is expected to be appointed as the Transitional President of Mali at a ceremony on Monday, which will pave the way for the appointment of a civilian prime minister-a key international need.

M5-Army reconciliation

On August 18 last year, Goita led the military officers to overthrow the elected President Ibrahim Bubakar Keita, after large-scale protests were triggered by corruption and armed struggle.

M5 took the lead in launching protests against Keita in 2020, but was subsequently marginalized from the government after the military-led coup.

The transitional government promised to reform the constitution by October and hold elections in February next year.

But M5 became an outspoken critic, calling the transitional government a “junta in disguise.”

However, since the coup on May 24, there has been a reconciliation between the organization and the army.

Goita has stated that he would prefer to appoint an M5 figure as his prime minister, and the organization has elected one of its cadres, Choguel Maiga, as a candidate.

On May 28, after M5 proposed to run for prime minister, Mega gave a speech to the media [File: Michele Cattani/AFP]

But this choice, in turn, raised questions about Mali’s future, especially regarding the potential role of Mahmoud Diko, the religious leader who is close to Mega.

During the anti-Keta protests, the influential imam was seen as a puppet of the M5, but later distanced himself from the movement.

Mega was also an outspoken critic of the 2015 Algiers Peace Agreement, which was an unstable agreement between the central government and several armed groups.

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