Mali. In April, President Amadou Toumani Touré was easily re-elected for a second term. The popular former general, who paved the way for democracy in Mali in 1992, received just over 68 percent of the vote in the presidential election. In July, the Alliance for Democracy and Progress received 128 of Parliament’s 147 seats. The alliance, which consists of some 40 parties, joins the president, known as “ATT”.
According to CountryAAH, Bamako is the capital city of Mali. Mali is praised for his democratic system, whose biggest shortcoming is the ever-very low turnout. Since the introduction of democracy, even half of those entitled to vote have never voted. In this year’s presidential election, attendance was about 36 percent.
After the elections, a strong government reform was implemented. A new prime minister, Modibo Sidibé, added an almost brand new ministry. None of the opposition politicians who held government posts were allowed to remain.
A small blemish on the country’s democratic reputation was the charges in June against a high school teacher, who had the students write an essay on a girl who has children with a fictitious president, and four journalists who wrote on the essay. Despite protests, even from abroad, the teacher was sentenced to two months in prison. One of the journalists was jailed for 13 days, the other three received conditional sentences.
Despite a peace treaty in 2006, an armed uprising again flared up among Tuareg governments in the Northeast. Dozens of army soldiers were robbed and sporadic fighting continued during the fall. France promised military aid to crush the insurgency.
In October, the government decided to abolish the death penalty. The law must first be considered by Parliament to enter into force.