Thursday, December 13, 2012
BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s interim president has named a replacement prime minister after soldiers behind a coup earlier this year forced out his predecessor and placed him under house arrest, provoking international condemnation.
The political turmoil has deepened concerns about Mali’s stability at a time when the international community is considering backing a military intervention, including Malian soldiers, to regain the country’s north from the hands of radical Islamists.
Longtime civil servant Diango Cissoko was chosen Tuesday as the prime minister in Mali’s transitional government, first set up after the military coup in March.
Cissoko said his priority would be addressing the country’s problems in the north, where radical Islamists have carried out public executions and violence as they implement their version of strict Islamic law.
The military ouster of Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra has prompted fierce criticism from the United Nations, the United States, the African Union and the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS among others.