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Mali-UN: The ruling party maintains the idea of ​​”national meetings” before the election

#Mali : UN to visit Mali on Sunday Representatives of the Security Council met with ruling party officials and reiterated that they would like to hold “national meetings” before setting an election date, a UN official said.

Mali’s interim authorities have openly expressed their desire to postpone the scheduled presidential and assembly elections on February 27, demanding that the West African Community (ECOWAS) hold a scheduled date.

UN The Security Council requested that in addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ongoing inspections in Iran, that it monitor Iran’s compliance with “the steps required by the IAEA Board”.

The UN delegation, which arrived in Bamako on Saturday, will be co-chaired by Niger’s ambassador to the United Nations, Abdo Abari, and his French envoy, Nicolas de Riviere, particularly US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Its members met with interim leader Colonel Azimi Goida and then-Prime Minister Sokuel Gokalla Micah on Sunday after holding talks with representatives of civil society and armed groups that have signed the Algiers peace agreement since 2015.

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“The Malian officials we met talked to us about a nationwide reconsideration of the election as a kind of precautionary measure.

The military junta announced on Saturday that the “National Refoundation Assis” would take place from December 21 to 26.

“If we cannot oppose the reforms, the outcome of the change and the opportunity for the Malians to democratically elect the people who will accept responsibility for their fate should not be delayed too long.

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Colonel Costa told us that “change will not last here and that the Malays will go to the polls once the conditions are met”.

Prime Minister Maïga UN During a press conference with the delegation, he declared to his government that “security naturally occupies the highest order of priority”.

“How to campaign in areas affected by insecurity and how to ensure the full participation of citizens without the preconditions of security. Political and bold and informed elections are underway that will refresh the Malians’ view of the state at the end of power (administrative elections) or national review meetings,” he continued. .

UN The delegation must report its mission to the Security Council.

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A UN envoy to the AFP explained that Security Council ambassadors would “support regional organizations such as ECOWAS in the region, respect the election deadline and, if this is not possible, have at least a realistic timetable”. Visit.

After Mali, the Security Council delegation traveled to neighboring Niger on Sunday.