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Prime minister of Mali and entire cabinet resign following series of violence

Mali Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga has resigned alongside his cabinet amidst tribal violence and protests taking place in the country.

The public was enraged after about 160 Fulani herders were massacred by members of a rival community.

Four weeks after a brutal attack on a village in central Mali, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and cabiney members offered their resignations to the country’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

“The President accepts the resignation of the prime minister and that of the members of government,” the president’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

Maiga’s successor “will be named very soon” following consultations between “all political forces,” it added.

Reasons for the Cabinet’s resignation was not specified. However, the resignation comes a day after lawmakers discussed a possible motion of no confidence in the government.

Maiga’s opponents criticized the government for failing to disarm Islamist militias and to put a stop to the violence in the Saharan nation.

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita  named former defense minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga as the new prime minister Saturday, a day after the government resigned in a surprise move just months ahead of presidential polls.

 

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A message posted on Twitter said Boubeye Maiga would replace Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga, who resigned unexpectedly on Friday.

Boubeye Maiga is considered close to Keita despite having to resign as defense minister in 2014 after the Malian army suffered defeats against Tuareg rebel groups in the country’s troubled north.

No explanation was given for Idrissa Maiga’s resignation, which came only seven months before Keita seeks re-election. Keita’s office said a new government would be named soon. It will be the fifth government to serve since Keita came to power in 2013.

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