Mali’s prime minister resigns amid criticism over insecurity

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Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga

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

The president’s office announced Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga’s resignation late Thursday and said a new government will be set up after consultation with “all political forces.”

Keita’s office did not specify reasons for the Cabinet’s resignation. However, the move comes a day after lawmakers discussed a possible motion of no confidence in the government, with Maiga’s opponents criticizing the government for failing to disarm Islamist militias and to stem the violence in the Saharan nation.

Mali has been facing unrest since the 2012 rebellion by the Tuareg people and their jihadist allies.

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