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    Mali: Crucial Referendum on New Constitution Paves the Way for Full Civilian Rule Amid Controversy and Criticisms

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    Bamako, Mali – (African Boulevard News) – Mali’s ruling junta has revealed plans to hold a referendum on a new constitution on the 18th of June. The proposed constitution has been in the works since August 2020, and this move is aimed at fulfilling the transition program to return the country to full civilian rule.

    The proposed constitution has been a topic of discussion since its inception, with differing opinions on certain provisions and clauses, with some arguing it would help the country maintain stability and strengthen democratic institutions, while others argue that it could create division and marginalization.

    One of the key proposals in the constitution is the establishment of a vice-presidency role, which would be nominated by the president. This proposal has drawn criticism from opposition parties, who believe the role would concentrate too much power in the hands of the president.

    Another contentious issue in the draft constitution is the status of Sharia law. The proposed draft recognizes Sharia law as a source of legislation but falls short of naming it as the primary source of law. This has been criticized by some Muslim groups in the country, who believe the status of Sharia law should be elevated to the primary source of legislation.

    Despite the concerns raised by some groups, the ruling junta is optimistic about the constitution’s future. In a statement, the junta said, “We remain confident that the constitution will be approved by the people and are committed to ensuring that the transition to full civilian rule is seamless.”

    Experts suggest that the referendum’s success will depend on the level of participation by the Malian people and their understanding of the draft’s contents.

    “Ultimately, the success of the referendum will depend on how well the government communicates the content of the proposed constitution to the people. The government needs to engage with the people, explain the benefits of the draft, and address the concerns raised,” said political analyst, Aminata Diallo.

    The proposed constitution, if passed, will pave the way for the country’s transition to full civilian rule, following a military coup in August 2020, which saw the removal of the then-president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

    In conclusion, the upcoming referendum on Mali’s proposed constitution is a crucial step towards the country’s transition to full civilian rule. While there are differing opinions on certain provisions in the draft, the success of the referendum will depend on the level of participation by the Malian people and their understanding of the constitution’s contents.

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