Nine judges of the Constitutional Court of Mali rejected the request to cancel the constitutional revision on Wednesday. The judges pointed out that senators had a clear mandate of five years, except for those appointed by the president, whose terms were not specified.
The Court considered that the argument developed by the opposition in relation to Article 118 which prohibits the election on the grounds that the country’s peace is threatened is irrelevant.
A referendum on Mali's national charter was due on July 9 but was postponed indefinitely in the face of internal opposition in government and following protests by thousands of Malians.
The Communications Secretary of the URD opposition party Demba Traoré further explains the decision of the Constitutional Court