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Mali to Hold Referendum on Constitutional Changes on July 9

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali speaks on Oct. 2, 2013, in Bamako.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali speaks on Oct. 2, 2013, in Bamako.

Photographer: HABIBOU KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images

Mali’s government will hold a referendum to ask approval for proposed changes to the constitution that include the establishment of a senate, the adoption of reforms agreed to in a peace accord and larger powers for the president to appoint senior officials.

The campaign for the July 9 referendum will start on June 23, according to a statement on the government website Thursday. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita wants to “correct deficiencies and shortcomings” in the current supreme law and implement clauses from the 2015 Algiers peace agreement, the government said in the statement. Malians can vote a simple “yes” or “no” on the proposals.