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Protest movement may fail to challenge Mali's military

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


Since then, the movement has had an ambivalent relationship with the transitional government that took over in October, as some M5-RFP sided with the junta and others opposed it. Parts of the M5-RFP have threatened to resume protests in mid-May.


  • Protests by the M5-RFP could amplify the impact of a threatened strike by the National Union of Malian Workers.
  • Resistance from the M5-RFP could complicate plans to pursue a constitutional referendum, which had already failed under Keita in 2017.
  • The M5-RFP’s calls to revise the 2015 Algiers Accord could cause unease among northern ex-rebels and France.

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