Security and political crisis in Mali: PACP denounces the old guard – L’Indicateur
Following recent events in Mali: The PACP party officials make a point - Mali Demain
Niankoro Yeah Samake at a PACP Press Conference: Choosing Diango Sissoko as Prime Minister is a setback for Mali – L’Independant
Political perspectives in Mali: PACP favors holding the elections before liberation of the North  - 22 Septembre
Yeah Samaké, President of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP) – Le Phenix
Malian with Utah ties has big aspirations for his homeland  - Salt Lake Tribune
Yeah Samaké, “I have a passion for serving Mali” – Afribone


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  • Thank you Daniel Bartholomew for publishing an article on Yeah. Samake 2012 is moving full force towards winning the election in Mali next April.

    Yeah Samake

    Yeah Samake is a convert to the LDS Church, a BYU graduate, mayor of Ouelessebougou and a candidate to become president of Mali in 2012.

    On the “About Myself” portion of his website is written an interesting tidbit about how Yeah Samake allows some of our common religious terminology to enter into his political work:

    Samake has instituted a council of tribal elders, what he likes to call his “Elder’s Quorum,” where each village sends two trusted elders to the council. It keeps leaders accountable and has become an agent of communication to the communities.

    So, along with the two Mormons seeking to be a presidential candidate here in the United States, LDS people should also pay attention to how the presidential race in Mali goes for brother Yeah Samake. Good luck to him!

    Yeah will soon be returning from a trip to the United States where he received additional support for the campaign in Utah and DC. August is a slow month of campaigning because of the muslim holy month, Ramadan, so it was a productive way for Yeah to use precious campaign time. During his time there, he held many successful meet and greets, fundraising events, political meetings, etc. We would like to thank all the wonderful people who were vital to Yeah’s successfel trip – Scott and Julie Dixon, Chris Johnson, the Valentiners, James and Shelby Arrington, Susan Escalante, Marilou Moser, the Illes, Robert Drinkall, Brad Stone, Doug Jardine, Ryan Martin, Wade Brown, Cameron Diehl, Kimile to name a few. Please forgive us if we missed a name. We were amazed at how many people were willing to sacrifice time and money to support Yeah! We could not do it without you! Thank you!

    We are so excited and pleased to announce that the website has been updated to include a lot of great new information. Thanks to the kindness of Chris Johnson, a personal friend, for making this a reality. Also thank you to James Arrington for the great pictures and sleek design of the new logos.

    Friends, family and visitors, you will be pleasantly surprised to see more on the campaign, Yeah’s platform and what sets this man apart from all his competitors.


    Will you help Yeah???

    Spread the word. Please inform your family and friends about the campaign. You will be surprised how much effect you as an individual can have on the campaign.

    YOU can make a difference in Mali.

    Another great article about Yeah and his recent events was published this last week by Oumar Camara in the Malian journal, L’Indicateur.

    2012 presidential election: Ouéléssébougou Mayor, Niankoro Yeah Samake thinks that we must steal the throne from the old

    Supporting the 2012 presidential candidacy of Ouelessebougou Mayor Niankoro Yeah Samake, the Coordination of Associations and Clubs held a general meeting last Saturday, July 30 at the youth center in Bamako. It was attended by the Mayor of Ouéléssébougou, the Vice President of the sponsoring organization, Garba Konate,, the president of the Women, Mme Sidibé Aicha Keita and the President of the Youth, Sibiri Mariko.

    It was the perfect occasion for the mayor of Ouélessébougou, Niankoro Yeah Samake to reveal his vision and ambitions for the presidential election to the Coordination of Associations and Clubs that Support Men,

    For Mayor Yeah Samake, 2012 is the time for youth to wake up and take back power from the older generation. According to him, “the power is never shared, it slips away…because the person holding it, will never let go.” He believes that it has always been said that the future of a country depends on its youth. However, the youth are not involved in decision making in regards to the development of the country.

    Niankoro Yeah Samake believes that Mali is not a “poor country”. Rather, its resources are being used inefficiently. According to him, if we measure the potential of the countries natural resources – gold, cotton, the Niger river… Mali has plenty of opportunity to grow. But, after 50 years of independence Mali is still known as a Highly Indebted Poor Country. According to him Mali is in this situation because of excessive financial mismanagement.

    With hopes of winning the presidency, Yeah’s vision focuses on fighting against financial misconduct and development in the Malian education system. The development of a country depends on the health care and strong secondary schools and universities. Many students are forced to walk many kilometers from the rural areas because there is no close school establishment.

    The Vice President of the sponsoring organization, Garba Konate reminded the youth that before an election a candidate must first show what he has done for its people and for Mali. Yeah’s support of the people of Ouéléssébougou shows that it is evident. Garba later asked the youth to be wise and not to be misled by the left populist politicians, but  to make the right choice.

    The words of the Vice President were supported by the President of Women, Mme Sidibé Aisha Keita and President of the Youth, Sibiri Mariko. One of the highlights of this meeting was the statue of a “Chiwara,” given to the young mayor of Ouéléssébougou by the Coordination of Associations and other supporting clubs. In return, Mayor Samaké gave his word that he will continue to work to defend the interests of his people.

    To view this article online in French: Présidentielle de 2012: Le maire de Ouelessebougou, Niankoro Yeah Samaké pense qu’il faut dérober le trone aux vieux

    Mamadou Fofana of the Malian journal, L’Indépendant, wrote an article about our event the other day at the “Maison des jeunes,” or youth center here in Bamako. It was a great success! Read it from the point of view of this Malian journalist. Enjoy! On to victory! This is just the beginning.

    2012 presidential election – the clubs of Bamako show their support for Yeah Samaké

    After initially obtaining the support of the people in his home village of Djitoumou, Niankoro Yeah Samake is now received additional support from various other clubs and associations for the 2012 presidential election. Several hundred participants attended an event on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the Youth Center of Bamako.

    The audience was largely composed of youth who came very early last Saturday to the youth center in Bamako to participate in the general meeting for the clubs and associations in support of the candidacy of Niankoro Yeah Samake. After receiving the support and blessings from the people of Ouelessebougou last week, Yeak Samake was asked by the clubs and associations that support him, to enter the 2012 presidential election. These associations have vowed to fight for the Mayor of Ouelessebougou as he makes the climb to the highest step in the 2012 presidential election.

    Welcomed with his delegation at 11 a.m., the 2012 presidential candidate, Yeah Samake, was treated to a “standing ovation.” Wearing a black jacket and a burgundy tie, this saint from Mali has turned his back to the delights of American life to devote himself to the development of Djitoumou and Mali. He has given a resounding “Yes” to the call of his supporters. In a speech by Sibiri Mariko, president of the youth club supporters, the candidate was told not to worry because the youth are with him on his “victorious and democratic march” for Koulouba. Afterwards, the youth gave the presidential candidate a Ciwara. The Ciwara symbolizes courage and selflessness.

    “With your support, the support of all the youth, our  victory is certain” proclaimed the President of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP), Yeah Samake, a young man who sincerely believes that “Mali is not poor, but it is impoverished by its leaders who have mismanaged its resources, both human and material.”

    Right now the youth following a man who has a career focused in education and teaching because they are struggling under the burden of unemployment, the education crisis and the mismanaged university system.

    To view this article online in French: Présidentielle 2012: Les clubs de Bamako apportent leur soutien à Yeah Samaké


    Madiassa Kaba Diakite of Le Républicain published a great article about our event in Ouelessebougou last week. Enjoy!

    The Mayor of Ouelessebougou, Yeah Samake in meeting: “The old political guard must steer clear…”

    The Mayor of Ouelesebougou held a political rally in his town on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. He was overwhelmingly accepted by the Djitoumou crowd. 

    After announcing his intention to run for the Mali presidential election, Yeah Samake stands out against long tenured politicians: “Since independence, it is practically been the same political leaders who run the country, most of them run for their interests and they have not served the country.” Returning from the United States in order to “make a change”, he appears as a good citizen: “I will sacrifice myself for the happiness of Mali.” He said “Mali is not a poor country. It is our leaders who have depleted it.”

    “The fault lies not with God but in the way the resources of our country have been managed, that puts us behind. That is why I am running today,because I am shocked.” During his speech, the candidate, Yeah Samake himself, raised concerns against certain conditions: “that’s not normal for children to walk more than 7 km to get to school, women should no longer deliver children in bad conditions because of the lack of hospitals. For 50 years, Mali has relied on Western aid, this is not sustainable.” During his speech, the Mayor of Ouelessebougou urged people to register as voters in order to perform their civic duties in a timely manner. On the topic of reforms, he believes that there is a “lack of communication around the project. Another problem in timing, I do not see why such important reforms must be rushed. It would be more effective to make these reforms under the next president. We would have the support of Malians from all social classes for these reforms, but these reforms must be made in perfect timing.”

    Concerning his relations with the URD, he said that he had no complaints in particular about Soumaila Cisse. ”I think that Mali needs young leaders to better serve the country, all of the political leaders of the old guard, I say and I repeat, are now out of step with the political world but also with the current management of the state…

    Mali must not continue to invest in the past and all of these great candidates belong to the past, we respect them, and we admire some of them. It is time that we have confidence in youth, they have always claimed that the country’s future is in the youth but they have never given the opportunity to these young people to lead the country. We should not demonize the youth, to be young is a very positive thing,” he stated, without forgetting to mention that many leaders in the world are “young”, like Obama, Sarkozy, and Faure.

    Under the roar of a crowd, obviously won to his cause, he adds: “Our strength is not money but we certainly believe that we have the means to campaign throughout the country of Mali. Our strength is the movement we are creating with the young generation. They have talents and abilities to give momentum to this country. Our strength lies in the Malians.”

    To view this article online in French: Le maire de Ouelessebougou Yeah Samaké en meeting: “Le vieille garde politique doit se barrer…”