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PM and entire government of Mali resign

Soumeylou Boubye Maga. Source: AP

The head of the Malian government has not given a reason for the resignations of prime minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his entire government.

Mali's Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his entire government have submitted their resignations to the president of the country who accepted them.

"By letter dated April 18, 2019, Prime Minister Mr Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga presented to the President of the Republic his resignation and that of the members of the Government, in accordance with article 38 of the Constitution," President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced.

The head of the Malian government did not give a reason for the resignations in the official statement on Thursday.

The president also announced that "a prime minister will be appointed very soon and a new government will be set up, after consultation with all the political forces of the majority and the opposition," adding that he thanked the outgoing prime minister and his government for their loyalty and "high sense of duty".

Violence from various internal conflicts in Mali has caused some 260,000 refugees and internally displaced people in the African country, where 3.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned earlier this month.

The instability that affects Mali began with a coup in 2012, when rebel Tuareg groups, along with jihadist organisations, took control of the north of the country for 10 months.

The jihadists were theoretically expelled in 2013, thanks to an international military intervention led by France, but extensive areas of the country, especially in the north and centre, escape state control and remain exploited by local rebel groups.

At least 87,000 civilians were forced to leave their homes in northern and central Mali in the first three months of this year to flee the violence affecting these regions.

Mali has also become a dangerous area for UN peacekeeping troops as 119 of the "blue helmets" have been killed and another 397 have been injured in attacks by violent groups since 2013.

In May 2018 some 15,209 uniformed personnel belonging to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali were deployed in Mali.

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