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Mali: PM steps down after attack on village


Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his government submitted a letter of resignation on Thursday following a motion of no confidence over the brutal violence in a village of the country, according to the presidential office.

"The president accepts the resignation of the prime minister and that of the members of the government," a statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's office said, without specifying a reason for the departure.

Legislators from the ruling and opposition parties on Wednesday offered a non-confidence vote against the government for its failure to handle violence and restore stability in the central region, especially a recent bloody attack in the village of Ogossagou that killed over 130 people.

According to the statement, a new prime minister will be named soon and a new government will be formed after consultations with all political forces of the African country.

Mali has experienced massive attacks by armed groups since Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the country's restive north since 2012.

On March 23, several attacks took place in the Fulani village. According to local Malian officials, the attacks were carried out by Dogon hunters who accused the Fulani villagers of having ties with jihadists.

Thousands of people staged protests in Bamako early April, urging the government to stop the surge of violence.


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