Mali gets new government after protests

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita arrives to attend celebrations marking Mali's 58th anniversary of independence in Bamako on September 22, 2018. (Photo by Annie RISEMBERG / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANNIE RISEMBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
FEBRUARY 08: Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita makes a speech during the joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not seen) following their meeting in Berlin, Germany on February 08, 2019. (Photo by Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Mali’s president has named a new government after its predecessor resigned last month amid widespread protests over an upsurge of deadly inter-communal violence.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita through a statement on Sunday announced the new executive of 37 members under Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, who was appointed on April 22 to oversee the formation of a “broad-based” government.

The new executive has as its foreign minister Tiebile Drame, who led the election campaign of opposition member Soumaila Cisse against Keita in 2018.It also includes ten women, more than a quarter of the total but fewer than the previous team, which boasted about a third.

Last week, Cisse signed a pact with opposition and majority party representatives in the capital Bamako, declaring their willingness to set up a “politically-inclusive” new government.

Cisse’s predecessor Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his entire cabinet resigned on April 18 following the massacre of some 160 members of the Fulani herding community on March 23 in the village of Ogossagou near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso.