New PM ap­pointed in Mali as en­tire govern­ment quits

Daily Trust - - AFRICA -

A new prime min­is­ter has been ap­pointed in Mali to suc­ceed Ou­mar Tatam Ly, who has re­signed from of­fice - along with his en­tire govern­ment.

Mr Ly was elected last year af­ter a French-led mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion ended an Is­lamist takeover.

His suc­ces­sor is a for­mer pres­i­den­tial hope­ful, Moussa Mara, who had also served as min­is­ter of town plan­ning.

Mr Mara had been call­ing for more ac­tion to be taken to curb per­sis­tent in­sta­bil­ity in the north.

Se­cu­rity re­mains frag­ile in the north, the for­mer base of the Is­lamist rebels who were driven back last year.

Pres­i­dent Ibrahim Boubakar Keita has been fac­ing in­ter­na­tional pres­sure to com­mence peace talks that could help sta­bil­ity. Mr Mara stood against Mr Keita in the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. He rep­re­sents a new breed of Malian politi­cian, ac­cord­ing to the BBC’s cor­re­spon­dent in Ba­mako, Alex Duval Smith.

A reshuf­fle had been ex­pected, our cor­re­spon­dent says, but the de­par­ture of the en­tire govern­ment is a shock.

Mr Mara’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer is the prod­uct of the coun­try’s town halls rather than elite French schools.

France is now wind­ing down its troop pres­ence in the coun­try but says it will con­tinue to de­ploy forces against pock­ets of mil­i­tancy in the north. BBC

Ou­mar Tatam Ly be­came prime min­is­ter af­ter the de­feat of Is­lamist rebels

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