Mali protesters lift road blockade around capital

KATI, MALI (AFP) – Protesters blocking key roads into Bamako on Wednesday lifted their barricades after negotiations with the government to allow transport to flow into the city, an AFP correspondent said on Wednesday.

Over 1,000 goods trucks had been blocked at the entrance to the Malian capital after four days of protests over the poor state of the country’s roads.

On Tuesday night, Transport Minister Ibrahima Abdoul Ly announced a deal had been reached with protest organisation Sirako, which means ‘About the Roads’ in the West African country’s Bambara language.

Prime Minister Boubou Cisse has released “emergency” financing of USD8.3 million for the resumption of a major highway project, according to a source close to his office.