What Happened: Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has announced that he will hold a period of national dialogue from April 23 to 28, followed by constitutional revisions and a subsequent referendum, Jeune Afrique reported April 17.
Why It Matters: Keita has previously attempted to change the country's constitution, prompting protests in Bamako and other urban centers by citizens who decried the move as a power grab. Recent demonstrations against bad governance, corruption and inter-ethnic violence have resulted in renewed calls for another effort to reform the constitution.
Background: If successful, the revisions could foster greater adherence to a 2015 peace accord that was designed to end the conflict in the north of the country.
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