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Is Mali back to the brink? Pressure on president adds to regional turmoil

THE DEBATE © france24
By: François PICARD Follow | Charles WENTE

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.

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