Opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé and his delegation missing

The leader of the parliamentary opposition Soumaïla Cissé has disappeared since March 25 in the afternoon in the Timbuktu region. Candidate in the locality of Niafunké, he went to a meeting in a village. But since then, he and his delegation have not given any news and all are unreachable. His party, the Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD), set up a crisis cell in Bamako.

With our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel

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Candidate for the legislative elections of this Sunday March 29 in Mali on behalf of his party the Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD), Soumaïla Cissé was in an election campaign, not far from his stronghold of Niafunké, when he disappeared. Since then, nothing.

He was to go with his delegation to the commune of Koumaïra, explains Master Demba Traore, a member of the URD, who heads the party’s crisis unit based in Bamako. From 4 p.m. until the time I am speaking to you, we have not yet heard from him or his delegation. And the most worrying thing is that they are unreachable. We were alerted by our activists and officials from Koumaïra where he was expected

Did Soumaïla Cissé get lost? Has it been removed? Nothing specific yet. In the same area in the Timbuktu region, another candidate had recently disappeared before being found. URD officials hope to quickly find their leader, leader of the parliamentary opposition in the outgoing Assembly.

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