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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 17 June 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

This week the Monitor features an op-ed from Mohamed Abdi Ware, the former President of HirShabelle State. As a signatory to the 17 September Agreement, H.E Ware reflects on previous attempts to resolve political divisions in Somalia and highlights key challenges to look out for in the implementation of the latest agreement signed on 27 May 2021.

We then turn to Mali, where the country and region are still grappling with the latest coup d’état, with a piece from Boubacar Ba outlining the geopolitical and security dilemma that has been created by the latest developments. This is complimented by a piece from Christian Klatt who provides perspectives on the various reactions to the coup d’état from African and international communities.

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Photo by MUSTAFA SAEED/AFP via Getty Images
Photo by MUSTAFA SAEED/AFP via Getty Images
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The May 27 Agreement: Oasis or Mirage?

  • Mohamed Abdi Ware

Somali leaders signed a landmark election agreement on 27 May 2021 in Mogadishu. Almost immediately afterwards a number of friends and constituents called me to ask why it had taken this long; why we had to go to the brink of armed conflict for them to sign, what, essentially, is a recycled version of the 17 September 2020 Agreement and the Baidoa Technical Team recommendations. How, they asked, could we be sure this agreement would not unravel, like so many agreements before it.

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Photo by John Kalapo/Getty Images
Photo by John Kalapo/Getty Images

On the afternoon of 24 May 2021, the Malian Transitional President, Bah N’Daw, and his Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were arrested by elements of the Malian Armed Forces and taken to the Soundiata Keïta military camp in Kati. Wild rumours circulated in Bamako.  Finally, the Malians were informed of the events that they have become used to for some time. They were wondering about this umpteenth coup d’état.

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Photo by ANNIE RISEMBERG/AFP via Getty Images
Photo by ANNIE RISEMBERG/AFP via Getty Images

On 25 May 2021 Mali saw its second coup within less than a year. The developments in May presented an interruption in Mali’s transitional process that makes a successful transition less likely than ever. Mali is again at a crossroads.

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