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Vol 55 No 8

Published 18th April 2014


Mali

Keïta's six-month itch

The resignation of the government – after just six months in office – points to growing pressure on President Keïta

Elected in triumph last August, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta faces growing criticism over failures to broker a settlement in the north and boost the national economy. The government's resignation on 5 April reflected deep differences over economic reforms between President Keïta and the departing Prime Minister and leading economist Oumar Tatam Ly. So far, little of the 3 billion euros (US$4 bn) in international aid, which was meant to be triggered by last year's elections, has been forthcoming, partly because of procedural and governance problems. Malians complain there has been far more money for the war against jihadists in the Sahel than for local reconstruction plans.

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