Curfew in Mali: parliamentary elections are maintained

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced a nighttime curfew across the country to restrict the spread of the coronavirus epidemic on Wednesday, but said the parliamentary elections will take place on Sunday, as planned.

“In addition to the emergency situation in our country due to the security context, the state of health is decided. A curfew is also proposed, which will be applied carefully from 9:00 to 17:00, until further notice, and this from Thursday 26 March 2020 at 00:00 ”, said the head of state on Malian public television.

He also announced that land borders were closed “in addition to freight and freight transport” and that markets would remain open.

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Earlier, the Malian authorities announced that they had registered the first two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, on two males returning from France in mid-March.

Experts believe that the country is particularly vulnerable to the pandemic, especially because of jihadist violence and conflicts between communities that have become bloody the great Sahelian country since 2012.

Despite the health risk surrounding the pandemic, the Malian president confirmed that the legislative elections would take place this weekend: “These elections will be held March 29, that is this Sunday, and this with respect demanding barrier measures. The government will do everything to make it happen, he said.

The election has been postponed on several occasions.

The legislative elections are seen as an important part of the political effort to accompany military action against the deteriorating situation. The campaign was complicated by security risks and the measures taken by the authorities against coronavirus.

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