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Mali president appoints 9 judges to constitutional court as compromise with opposition
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Mali president appoints 9 judges to constitutional court as compromise with opposition

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appointed nine judges to the Mali Constitutional Court by decree. This action was taken on Friday as part of a compromise to ease the current political crisis between Keita and opposition groups.

The opposition alliance, called the June 5 Movement, has participated in mass protests demanding Keita’s resignation over his alleged failure in tackling the economy and handling jihadist conflict. The protests initially erupted in May following hotly contested election results.

On July 11 Keita announced his dissolution of the Mali Constitutional Court in an attempt to calm the ongoing civil unrest that enveloped the country. However, the opposition continued to demand Keita’s resignation, refusing to compromise. The protests have continued into August.

On July 23 heads of government from the Economic Community of West African States suggested forming a new unity government to include opposition members. They also suggested appointing new judges to the Constitutional Court.

In response to this suggestion, Keita appointed nine new judges to the court by official decree on Friday. According to officials, the new judges will be sworn in on Monday.

However, the June 5 Movement said earlier on Friday that it would stage a nationwide demonstration on Tuesday, and the group is not expected to back down.