The return of democracy and peace to a large part of Mali has generated a complete turnaround in public confidence in the country's future, according to a new opinion survey by Afrobarometer.
As published by our partner AllAfrica
Afrobarometer, the leading continent-wide researcher of African public opinion, says that a survey in southern Mali in December 2012 – following a military takeover of the government, the seizure of the north by insurgents, an attack on a civilian president and the arrest of the prime minister – showed that only one in four people believed the country was headed in the right direction.
However, following the recovery of the north from rebels and parliamentary and presidential elections in 2013, two in three Malians believed a year later they were heading in the right direction.
"Interestingly," Afrobarometer says, "people residing in the three northern regions – who could now be interviewed due to an improved security situation – were slightly more optimistic about the country's trajectory than people living in the south (71 versus 66 percent).
The report goes on to say that "one possible reason is that northerners experienced the biggest change, namely from the strict rules of sharia law to a more relaxed, secular regime. Furthermore, persons displaced by the conflict – who were identified during the survey in both north and south – were the most likely to say that the country was back on the 'right' track."
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