Mali swears in new constitutional court judges amid political crisis

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta attended a swearing-in ceremony for new constitutional court judges, appointed last week in a bid to end the political crisis in the country.

The nine new judges were sworn in on Monday in a ceremony in the capital, Bamako.

The country is caught up in a political crisis, with protesters calling for the resignation of the president for failing to stop violence by Islamist militants and corruption.

The crisis saw five heads of state from the ECOWAS regional bloc visit the country last month and propose the formation of a unity government.

The heads of state also called for the appointment of new constitutional judges.

The opposition has rejected the proposal for the formation of a unity government and insisted that the president should resign.

Anti-government protests that had taken a break for Eid-al-Adha festivities are to begin again on Tuesday.

 

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