Africa 19.8.2017 06:30 pm

Mali’s president suspends revising constitution under opposition pressure

Mali’s president has suspended plans for a referendum on constitutional change, a move cheered by the opposition Saturday after months of street protests against the reforms.

"In the higher interests of the nation and to preserve a peaceful social climate, I have taken the responsibility of deciding to suspend the holding of a referendum on revising the constitution," President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on television Friday evening.

Mali’s president suspends revising constitution under opposition pressure
Mali’s president suspends revising constitution under opposition pressure

Mali’s president suspends revising constitution under opposition pressure

Mali’s president has suspended plans for a referendum on constitutional change, a move cheered by the opposition Saturday after months of street protests against the reforms.

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