Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues Internet giants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users pay tribute to South Korea ferry victims

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

  • Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let hostages go

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken South Korean ferry

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • Curfew call after deadly clash at Ukraine checkpoint

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

Africa

Mali names new prime minister after 'quasi-coup'

© Photo: AFP

Video by Charlène Pelé , Clovis CASALI

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-12-12

Mali’s interim president has named longtime public servant Django Cissoko as the country’s new prime minister, hours after the former prime minister was arrested and forced to resign by the soldiers who staged the March coup.

Mali’s interim president Diouncounda Traore has appointed Django Cissoko, a former Secretary General of the West African nation’s presidency, as prime minister, Mali state television said on Tuesday.

Cissoko will replace Cheick Modibo Diarra, who was forced to resign earlier in the day after he was arrested by soldiers who staged a coup in the Sahel nation in March.

The presidential decree read on state television said Django Cissoko, the republic’s ombudsman and a former administrator of the presidential palace, is the new premier.
Ex-Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra announced his resignation in a statement broadcast on national television at 4 am Tuesday.

‘Personal ambition’

The leader of Mali’s March 21 coup, Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo, said he had no regrets about Diarra’s resignation. He denied, however, that the premier was forced to quit, saying soldiers simply “facilitated” his departure.

“When a prime minister has such excessive personal ambition, be it for elections or otherwise, when he is strangling the country, you have to act quickly,” Sanogo told reporters on Tuesday. “Mr Diarra is doing very well. He is not under any pressure, under any threat of violence. He is currently at home. But we are morally obliged to protect him and his family.”

The UN Security Council condemned the arrest of Diarra in what one analyst dubbed a "quasi-coup". The council joined calls from France, the United States, the European Union and the regional bloc ECOWAS for the military to stop meddling in political affairs, and threatened targeted sanctions against those preventing the "restoration of constitutional order”.

‘Failure’

Junta spokesman Bacary Mariko told FRANCE 24 earlier in the day that Diarra had failed to fulfil his “two main responsibilities” during the country’s territory crisis. “[Diarra’s first task] was to liberate northern Mali and the second was to organise free and transparent elections,” he said. “But everything he has done has been for the benefit of his own personal agenda.”

Mariko said he considered Diarra’s resignation a solution to Mali’s allegedly weak response to the Tuareg rebellion in the country’s north. “This will resolve the divisions that exist within the leadership. We have seen President Traoré visit Niger and give one statement while Diarra visits Chad and gives a completely different statement,” Mariko said. “The international community demands that Mali speak with a single voice … we think [his arrest] will help Mali have a government that speaks on its behalf and acts in its best interest.”

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2012-12-11

  • FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE

    Mali's president to name new PM within hours, junta tells FRANCE 24

    Read more

  • MALI

    Mali's PM Diarra resigns after arrest by military

    Read more

  • MALI

    Mali's PM says talks with rebels 'inevitable'

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)