It's another attempt by leaders in West Africa to resolve the political crisis in Mali. Five presidents all met in Bamako amid ongoing calls for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. In Nigeria, Islamic extremists have released a video showing the killing of five aid workers who were abducted last month. We get some analysis about the security situation in the northeast. And how is civil society coming to the aid of those caught up in the Covid-19 crisis in South Africa? We follow Springboks captain Siya Kolisi tackling major food shortages in the country.
The deadlock continues in Mali between the government and the opposition as four leaders of neighbouring West African nations are set to arrive in Bamako later this week to pursue mediation attempts. This comes after recent protests that saw at least 11 people killed. Also, in Ivory Coast, the sudden death of PM Amadou Gon Coulibaly has left a major void in the political scene as he was set to run in presidential elections this year. Will Alassane Ouattara now stand for a third term? Finally, Nigerian superstar Tiwa Savage speaks to FRANCE 24.
Following days of deadly protests, opposition demonstrators set up barricades in Mali's capital Bamako, near the mosque of prominent protest advocate imam Mahmoud Dicko. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita faces a mounting wave of demonstrations sparked by the outcome of a long-delayed parliamentary poll, but whose underlying causes include discontent over his handling of Mali's jihadist insurgency.
Why has the tide turned against Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita? The central authority in Bamako finds itself arguably weaker than at any time since 2013, when French intervention stopped radical insurgents trying to swoop down from the north. Most recently, there have been massacres of both soldiers and civilians throughout the Sahel. From the March kidnapping of Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cissé to deadly protests in the capital and the role of influential imam Mahmoud Dicko, François Picard's panel looks at why the latest crisis has France and the entire region on edge.
Protesters took the streets of Bamako on Friday shouting "Enough is Enough" - they are seeking the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Shots were also fired at the state TV network ORTM as protesters stormed the building. For months now, an opposition coalition lead by a popular Imam Mahmoud Dicko has been seeking to force President Keita out of power.