Calls for calm as Mali gov’t criticised for response to protests

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  • The United Nations, European Union and African Union have expressed deep concern over a deepening political crisis in Mali, condemning the use of lethal force against anti-government demonstrators, and called for a dialogue.
    Bloody protests began in the capital, Bamako, on Friday, with reports saying security forces fired live rounds during clashes with demonstrators, some of whom had occupied state buildings.
    Demonstrators are demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resign.
    Al Jazeera’s Sara Khairat reports.

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    Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres. The population of Mali is 19.1 million. 67% of its population was estimated to be under the age of 25 in 2017. Its capital is Bamako.

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