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Mali's entire government resigns after massacre

Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga

Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga

Mali’s prime minister and his whole government resigned Thursday, four weeks after a massacre of some 160 Fulani herders by an ethnic vigilante group shocked the nation.

“The president accepts the resignation of the prime minister and that of the members of government,” a statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said.

It gave no reason for the departure of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, but legislators had discussed Wednesday a possible motion of no confidence in the government because of the massacre and failure to disarm militias or beat back Islamist militants.

The March 23 killings by suspected hunters from the Dogon community on Ogossagou, a village in central Mali populated by rival Fulani herders, were bloody even by the recent standards of Mali’s ever-worsening violence.

They followed a deadly assault by jihadists on an army post that killed at least 23 soldiers, also in Mali’s central region, which was claimed by an al-Qaida affiliate that counts many Fulani herders in its ranks.

Malian authorities have detained five people suspected of taking part in the massacre. But they have not yet succeeded in disarming the militia that many believe organized it, despite pledges by Maiga and Keita to do so.

The largely Saharan nation has been in turmoil since a rebellion by Tuaregs and allied jihadists took over half the country in 2012, prompting the French to intervene to push them back the following year.

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0 #1 Robert Atuhairwe 2019-04-19 18:41
Feeble leaders; Africa's bane!
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-2 #2 Jonathan Luyirika 2019-04-19 20:40
If I come across these malians who resigned their cabinet posts ,I will beat them up.

Did your brother Bashir in Sudan tend his resignation letter ? He didn't tend to his resignation letter.

If he didn't tend to his resignation letter why did you tend your resignation letters?
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-1 #3 WADADA roger 2019-04-19 20:53
Those names like Fulani, Tuaregs, Mali etc ring a bell in the ears of many who studied West African History, I think they were sworn enemies offten attacking each other for wealth, minerals, women and cows, it is not news to me that over 160 were killed by a rival group
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0 #4 Akot 2019-04-20 20:44
Quoting WADADA roger:
Those names like Fulani, Tuaregs, Mali etc ring a bell in the ears of many who studied West African History, I think they were sworn enemies offten attacking each other for wealth, minerals, women and cows,...


Agreed.

This is precisely why a country must be a real one & not tribally/ethnically divided & ruled.

Rwanda is 1 good e.g; Kagame & Museveni can't share power in their country & Museveni fought, fights, will fight to own Uganda to be equal to Kagame!

Ugandans will understand this when it's too late as they are the ones helping Museveni own their country formed by tribal lands & through a tribalistic system they alone can bring down & stop the conquest!
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