Malian citizens split over progress one year after coup
19 August 2021 | 3:12 pm
One year on from the coup that toppled former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Malians are divided over the record of the military officers who have wielded power ever since. "You have to give these soldiers time to work", says one citizen. According to another, "nothing is going well in Mali today."
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