Soumaila Cissé was last seen at a campaign rally, according to his party(BBC)

Mali’s opposition politician, SoumailaCissé, has gone missing.

His Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) party said Mr.Cissé went missing while campaigning in the central Niafunke region of the country.

According to the BBC, he and members of his delegation were expected on Wednesday evening in the nearby Koumaira village but he did not turn up and he had not been reachable by telephone.

The report says, the party is deeply worried about the situation and urges the government, the armed forces and UN mission to help trace them.

Mr.Cissé is a former minister of finance and has run for president. The country is preparing for parliamentary elections set for 29 March.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has said the elections will go ahead despite the spread of coronavirus.

Mali has declared a state of health emergency and imposed a curfew from 9 pm to 5 o’clock in the morning while land borders have been closed.

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Jos Garneo Cephas Sr. is a practicing and experienced Journalist specialized in Civil Society, Land Rights, development and Human Rights reporting and is an Online Writer/Content Manager, at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS/ELBC) since 2011. He holds a BSc in Development Studies, from St. Clements University, Liberia, AA-Degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Entrepreneurship from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) and Manifold Tutorial College. Served as Liberia’s Desk Editor, Columnist, a Volunteer Fellow of Journalist for Humana Rights (JHR) at Ghana’s Daily Guide Newspaper, and also published the Vision Newspaper covering 42,000 refugees during the Liberian refugee crisis in Ghana and reported for the Voice of America (VOA).


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