Mali’s territorial administration minister, Moussa Sinko Coulibaly (L) and the secretary general of Mali’s Tuareg MNLA group Bilal Ag Acherif after signing an agreement on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Ouagadougou.
DAKAR, SENEGAL – A respected Malian army general and former minister has tendered his resignation from the government to participate in the country’s presidential elections in July 2018, according to reliable sources.
General Moussa Sinko Coulibaly, who has been gauging Malian public opinion for the past several months, is the second high-profile official to declare his candidacy for president. The first was Kalifa Sanogo, the mayor of Mali’s second-largest city, Sikasso, who declared in July this year.
Both General Coulibaly and Mayor Sanogo are determined to unseat incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. President Keita has yet to declare his intention if he will seek a second five-year term, even though observers say he is widely expected to announce soon.
Coulibaly said in his resignation letter to President Keita that he wanted to “contribute in another manner to find peace and contribute to the country.
Growing tension remains high among rumors of instability. Meanwhile, credible sources say a top municipal official in the central city of Djougani was shot and killed by armed men outside his residence on last Saturday. This and many other incidents demonstrate the wave of insecurity in Mali.