Mali has made a historic decision to drop French as its official language. Under the new constitution passed overwhelmingly with 96.91% of the vote in a June 18 referendum, French is no longer the official language.
Although French will be the working language, 13 other national languages spoken in the country will receive official language status.
This move is seen as a significant step towards promoting and preserving Mali’s linguistic and cultural heritage. By giving official status to the national languages, the government hopes to encourage their use and development.
The decision to drop French as the official language has been met with mixed reactions. Some see it as a positive step towards asserting it’s independence and identity, while others are concerned about the practical implications of such a move.
Regardless of one’s stance on the issue, it is clear that this is a historic moment for Mali and its people. The country is taking bold steps towards shaping its future and defining its place in the world.
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