As Mali makes an attempt to construct a roadmap for a brand new political order, the streets of desert metropolis Timbuktu are on excessive alert.
The considerations of the capital Bamako, after a army coup on August 18 ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, are nonetheless being felt.
"We have to be vigilant as a result of in such conditions, the enemy lurking within the shadows might benefit from negligence," stated Colonel Boubacar Sanogoh, commander of Timbuktu's army zone.
Mali has struggled to include a brutal Islamic insurgency since 2012, which has since unfold to the centre of the nation in addition to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.
Hundreds of civilians and troopers have died within the battle, which has additionally exacted a heavy financial toll on the already impoverished West African state.
Mali's army junta should identify a brand new chief by Tuesday or it might face sanctions from the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS).
The bloc has already closed Mali's border and banned commerce.
"ECOWAS sanctions, nevertheless, do extra hurt to the individuals than to the federal government," stated Aboubacrine Cissé, Mayor of Timbuktu.
The bloc has already closed Mali's border and banned commerce, which has affected these in Timbuktu.
" It ( the border closure) created a variety of issues for us, as a result of every thing comes from outdoors. We do not have a manufacturing unit right here, we do not have something, so once we shut the borders it is a massive drawback for us," stated shopkeeper Baba Wangara.
Mali's junta is making an attempt to persuade leaders to accepts its roadmap for a return to democracy.
Final week, it unveiled a political constitution that would see a army officer heading a transitional authorities for 18 months.
However members of the M5-RFP, the primary opposition coalition, oppose the proposition.