Imam Mahmoud Dicko, considered the figurehead of the opposition June 5 Movement in Mali, accused France of meddling in the nation’s current political crisis. Claiming – without concrete evidence as of yet, that the former coloniser has been moving behind the scenes to influence the choice of the next Malian prime minister.
The Imam expressed his patriotism, “It is a decisive day. It’s to show that the Malian people are steadfast. That we are not submissive or willing to give up and that we would rather die as martyrs than live as traitors. But we will have to show as much on August 11th, by the grace of God.”