The 2013 Malian election is the beginning of an uncertain process of returning to the pre-coup, pre-intervention status quo.
The election just months after the French military intervention in January 2013 has been widely criticized due to the chaotic state of the country.
Africa’s classic depiction in the mainstream media, as a giant basket case full of endless war, famine and helpless children creates an illusion of a continent utterly dependent on Western handouts.
“Without Africa, there will be no history of France in the 21st century.”—Former French President Francois Mitterand
Mali’s teetering civilian government announced a new “national unity government” on July 30 in an attempt to hold on to the powers of state assumed following a military coup.
On March 22, a month prior to the scheduled presidential election, a military coup in Mali toppled the government of President Amadou Toumani Touré.