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Vol 46 No 12

Published 10th June 2005


Soccer, Islam and hard times

Football riots and fears of terrorism are undermining ATT's reputation

Bamako is worried about security, and awaiting a cabinet reshuffle by President Amadou Toumani Touré (ATT). Prime Minister Ousmane Issoufi Maïga may not survive. Some call him 'Pinochet', and blame him for lack of progress on cutting poverty and political reform since he took over from Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani in May 2004. He seemed to have lost control when riots after the Mali versus Togo football match on 27 March left him trapped in the stadium for hours. The satirical Le Canard Dechaîné claims that the Prime Minister offered his resignation in late May, and that the President would replace him with the Secretary General of the Presidency, Modibo Sidibé.

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