The President's son, Karim Keita announced his resignation as head of parliament's defence committee amid the public furor in the West African nation.At least 11 protesters were killed and 150 people injured in days of clashes between Malian security forces and protesters who targeted government buildings during anti-government marches in the capital Bamako, according to Mali's Secretary General for Health Mama Couma.Access to social media and messaging platforms including Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook have been partially restricted for most of the population since the protests began Friday, Netblocks said on Monday.The street demonstrations were organized by opposition coalition group M5-RFP and its supporters calling for a transitional government.Protesters ransacked the country's parliament while another group besieged the national broadcaster's office in an attempt to force the broadcasters to air the demonstrations on Friday. The unrest in the capital continued on Monday as youths barricaded some roads and bridges in the city.Gunshots were heard around a mosque owned by influential cleric Mahmoud Dicko, which was the scene of some of the deadly confrontation between security forces and protesters.Dicko who has appealed to protesters not to "set fire to the country" is one of the movement's key leaders.
In a statement on Monday, Keita said he did not want to be the target of groups using "populists slogans" and his position at the parliament to drive their political agenda."I no longer wish to be an argument for people in need of a program, nor to be an obstacle to dialogue between Malians to achieve a calming of the socio-political situation of our country," the younger Keita said.He still retains his seat as a lawmaker.The president dissolved the constitutional court at the center of the controversy that followed a legislative election in March and also promised to appoint new judges to preside over disputes that arose from the polls. He announced his intention to form a more inclusive government among many moves to douse tensions in the country.Twenty opposition members arrested during the protests were released on Monday, one of the groups, Coordination of Movements, Associations and Supporters of Mahmoud Dicko (CMAS) said.But one of the main opposition members and former minister in Keita's government Mountaga Tall told CNN peaceful "civil disobedience" will continue despite the president's promises."The dissolution of the court and the consensual government do not correspond to our vision of the change that the people want," Tall said.
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