Republic of Mali Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested by the military as he was attempting to leave the country for France. The West African state has been plagued by civil war and military unrest., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
African Union condemns Malian premier forced resignation
Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:48AM GMT
The African Union has “firmly” condemned the forced resignation of Mali’s Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra, demanding the army be “completely subordinate” to civil authorities.
The 15-nation bloc said in a statement issued on Wednesday that AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma “firmly condemns the conditions of the resignation” of Diarra.
Members of Diarra’s entourage said the prime minister was arrested at his home in Bamako on December 10 on orders from Malian military officer Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo.
Diarra resigned on Tuesday along with his government hours after he was detained by the forces of the junta, which led a recent coup in the country.
“Men and women who are worried about the future of our nation, you are hoping for peace. It’s for this reason that I, Cheikh Modibo Diarra, am resigning along with my entire government,” Diarra said in a brief statement.
Quickly after his resignation, interim President Dioncounda Traore appointed Diango Cissoko as the new premier, promising a new government by the end of the week.
Meanwhile, Dlamini-Zuma expressed hope for the “early establishment of an inclusive government” in the country.
The African Union statement also expressed determination to “ensure a scrupulous respect for constitutional legality” in Mali.
Chaos broke out in the West African country after Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a coup on March 22. The coup leaders said the move was in response to the government’s inability to contain a two-month-old rebellion in the north of the country.