Recall that on Wednesday, April 17, a motion of no confidence was submitted as MPs blamed Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga for failing to handle the violence. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who accepted Maiga and his ministers’ resignation, said: “A prime minister will be named very soon and a new government will be put in place after consultations with all political forces.”
Since al-Qaeda-linked Islamist extremists gripped the desert north of Mali in 2012, the country has been struggling to control violence, BBC reports.
We gathered that there has been pressure on the government over its inability to restore stability, particularly after the killing of 160 Fulani herdsmen in the Mopti region. Tens of thousands of people protested the killings in the country on the streets of the capital on April 5.