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Mali appoints new PM after government resigns

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-06

Mali’s Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly (pictured) submitted his government’s resignation on Saturday and will be replaced by the country’s town planning minister, Moussa Mara, a presidential spokesperson announced on state television.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has accepted his government’s resignation, the spokesperson said without giving any further details.

Ly was appointed prime minister by Keita just six months ago. His replacement, Mara, a political veteran who ran against Keita in Mali’s August presidential election, will now be tasked with forming a new government.

No timeframe has been given for when the new government will be announced.

Keita, known universally by his initials IBK, was elected president on the promise to unite Mali and rebuild the country after nearly two years of crisis.

Mali was thrown into turmoil in January 2012 following a Tuareg rebellion. Shortly afterward, the military overthrew then-president Amadou Toumani Touré in a coup. Taking advantage of the chaos, Tuareg rebels allied with Islamist militants seized control of the northern half of the country. The Islamists later broke their uneasy alliance with the Tuareg, driving them at of key cities. France then intervened by launching a military operation in the country to help it retake control of the north.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-04-06

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