Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé made a public apology on Friday for the deaths of protesters during the protests and riots in Bamako’s capital last week after an opposition movement called for civil disobedience.
“Unfortunately, there have been abuses and it is unfortunate that this happened. We apologize,” he said in an interview with France24, stressing that the role of the security forces is to protect the population.
Cissé has also assured that the authorities will “initiate a judicial investigation” to “resolve the matter,” according to information indicating the deaths of at least a dozen people. The opposition has spoken of up to 20 deaths and has denounced the intervention of special anti-terrorists in the repression.
The Malian Prime Minister has also rejected the opposition’s June 5 request for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s resignation, arguing that “the President was democratically elected by the entire Malian government.”