Mali removes French as official language in new constitution

According to reports, has adopted a new constitution, with an overwhelming 96.91% vote in favour, during a June 18 referendum. Under the new constitution, French is no longer the official language of the country.

Instead, French will serve as the working language, while 13 other national languages spoken in Mali will receive official language status.

The move marks the beginning of Mali's Fourth Republic, following its military taking power in an August 2020 coup. The country has experienced two subsequent coups in recent years, one in August 2020 and the other in May 2021.

The new constitution has been deemed critical to the country's rebuilding efforts, with elections initially planned for February 2022 but later postponed to February 2024.

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