Mali’s prime minister steps down as anger mounts over massacre

Mali’s prime minister steps down as anger mounts over massacre

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 Malian government has resigned en masse after weeks of pressure over its handling of a massacre which left 160 people dead.

Maiga was appointed in December 2017 and renamed to the job only last September, after Keita was re-elected.

Reports by BBC showed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who accepted Maiga and his ministers' resignation said a new prime minister will be announced soon.

The president said in a televised address on Tuesday that he had "heard the anger".

The public was enraged after about 160 Fulani herders were massacred by members of a rival community.

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The protest was called by Muslim religious leaders, organisations representing the Fulani community, opposition parties and civil society groups.

Since 2012 Mali has been in turmoil after Tuareg rebels and militants took over north of the country.

Despite an ongoing military drive and a 2015 peace agreement, jihadists still dominate areas huge areas of the country, having migrated from the north to the more heavily populated centre of the country.

Jihadist attacks have also spread to Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.

Fulanis have been accused of carrying out deadly attacks against Mali's army and militiamen.

In the aftermath of the massacre, Keita visited the village and vowed to beef up security and enforce justice.

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