Mali: Country swears in constitutional court judges amid political crisis

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Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta attended a swearing-in ceremony for new constitutional court judges, appointed last week in a bid to end the political crisis in the country.

The nine new judges were sworn in on Monday in a ceremony in the capital, Bamako.

The president’s office has tweeted photos of the ceremony:

The country has been going through a political crisis with protesters calling for the resignation of the president for failing to stop violence by militants and corruption.

The crisis saw five heads of state from the Ecowas regional block visit the country and propose the formation of a unity government with the opposition to resolve the crisis.

The heads of state also called for the appointment of new constitutional judges. The court threw out 30 results from long-delayed parliamentary elections, a move that benefited the ruling party party.

The opposition has rejected the proposal for the formation of a unity government and insisted that the president should resign.

Anti-government protests that had taken a break for Eid festivities will resume on Tuesday.