Mali’s Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga has publicly criticized the country’s military rulers, leading to the arrest of his ally Boubacar Traore for signing a statement against the military staying in power for an extended period.
Maiga defended Traore’s statement, emphasizing its validity and lack of falsehood. He also stressed the importance of supporting junta chief Colonel Assimi Goita and condemned any efforts to create divisions between him and the military.
This marks the first time Maiga has spoken out about the issue, highlighting the growing tensions between his political movement M5-RFP and the military rulers who took control in 2020 and extended their mandate beyond the agreed deadline for elections.
Following Traore’s arrest, Maiga’s supporters are facing increasing pressure, with another ally, Abdelkader Maiga, already sentenced to two years for defamation earlier in April.
The military junta has maintained a firm grip on power since the second coup in 2021, failing to set a new date for the transition to civilian rule. Maiga has expressed support for the transition process, emphasizing the need for stability before holding elections.
Mali has been in turmoil since 2012, grappling with political and security challenges driven by jihadist attacks, armed groups, and separatist movements in the northern region.
Maiga’s stance reflects a complex political landscape in Mali, with competing interests and tensions between the civilian government and the military authorities. The ongoing power struggle raises concerns about the country’s democratic future and the prospects for a peaceful transition of power.
As the situation unfolds, international observers are closely monitoring Mali’s political developments, urging all parties to engage in dialogue and respect the rule of law to ensure a peaceful and democratic transition. The arrest of Maiga’s allies underscores the challenges faced by those advocating for democratic governance and the need for concerted efforts to uphold human rights and the rule of law in Mali.