The Malian government led by Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga resigned on Thursday. Maiga came forward with the step of a vote of confidence in parliament. Recently, in the face of increasing violence, there were mass protests against the head of government.
The presidential office of the West African crisis country announced on Twitter that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had accepted a corresponding resignation. "After consultations with all political forces of the majority and the opposition" should be appointed a successor for Maïga as well as a new government, it was said.
Keita, who has been in office since 2013, won the presidential election overshadowed by opposition fraud in August. However, the security situation in the West African state deteriorated during his term in office.
Radical Islamists continue attacking blue helmets in the north
In addition to civilians, armed groups repeatedly attack domestic and international armed forces. Since 2013, there is a UN peacekeeping mission in mali, It is considered the most dangerous blue helmets worldwide. Especially in the north of Mali radical Islamists attack the blue helmets again and again, while in the center of the country violent ethnic conflicts come to a head. In mid-March, an armed attack on the village of Ogossagou, with 160 dead, caused horror. For the bloody attack on the village of the Fulbe ethnic group, hunters of the Dogon ethnic group were blamed.
The international community has been trying for years to provide peace and security in Mali. The Bundeswehr is involved in the UN Stabilization Mission Minusma and the EU Training Mission EUTM in Mali. Achieving stability in the country is also important for Germany. First, the state is a transit country for migrants. On the other hand, Islamists could consolidate their power in the event of a collapse of the state – and that only removes one border from the Mediterranean. Mali is one of the ten poorest countries in the world, with a good 18 million inhabitants, according to a UN index.