Protests in Mali after ECOWAS mediation mission fails
22 July 2020 | 9:00 am
The deadlock continues in Mali between the government and the opposition as four leaders of neighbouring West African nations are set to arrive in Bamako later this week to pursue mediation attempts. This comes after recent protests that saw at least 11 people killed. Also, in Ivory Coast, the sudden death of PM Amadou Gon Coulibaly has left a major void in the political scene as he was set to run in presidential elections this year. Will Alassane Ouattara now stand for a third term? Finally, Nigerian superstar Tiwa Savage speaks to FRANCE 24.
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