Sur­prise res­ig­na­tion by Mali PM

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

8 Mali’s prime min­is­ter and his gov­ern­ment have re­signed in a sur­prise move, just months be­fore pres­i­den­tial polls are due to be held.

Au­thor­i­ties gave no rea­son for Ab­doulaye Idrissa Maïga’s de­ci­sion to step down months be­fore the pres­i­dent, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, seeks re-elec­tion.

The pres­i­dent’s of­fice said Maïga, who had been in his post since April, handed in his res­ig­na­tion along with his gov­ern­ment’s last Fri­day, when it was ac­cepted.

He re­signs with Mali’s north still a theatre of un­rest.

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