Teachers’ strike, the Senate changes the vaccination pass and the junta under pressure in Mali

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The government’s management of the health crisis set the National Education on fire. The teachers, exasperated by the waltz of the protocols against the Covid-19, should therefore be numerous to strike this Thursday. The scale of the movement could even be historic. All the teachers’ unions have indeed called a strike in schools, colleges and high schools. Importantly, the support also came beyond the sphere of educational professionals. The FCPE, the first organization of parents of pupils, thus signed the call to strike and invited parents to mobilize this Thursday. Even the main union of school leaders, SNPDEN-Unsa, “joins” the protest movement.

Even if the debates were more peaceful than in the Assembly, this did not prevent the senators from profoundly modifying the text on the transformation of the health pass. The Senate voted Wednesday evening at first reading in favor of the flagship article of the bill which establishes the vaccination pass. But the changes made herald a close discussion between deputies and senators in a joint committee on Thursday. The senators thus voted for a mechanism of “automatic extinction” of the vaccination pass below the threshold of 10,000 Covid-19 patients at the national level. A provision not really appreciated by the government.

The banishment of the military in power in Bamako continues. Air France thus announced Wednesday the suspension of its connections to Mali “with immediate effect”, after Paris followed suit with ECOWAS to sanction the junta. The pressure on the regime is not going to end there either. Under French impetus, the European Union will also take sanctions against the military who are slow to return power to civilians, thus assured the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.

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