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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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  • An important part of this election will be the youth of Mali. A significant percentage of the voting population fall between the ages of 18-30. These are also the generation that seems to be most affected by the current state of Mali. Many of this age group find themselves educated but without a job. Some of them find themselves uneducated because they could not afford to leave their family livelihood to go to school or could not afford to go to Bamako for college. Still more find that they do not have the right skills to succeed in the job market.

    Yeah is the candidate for change. Education will be an important section of his platform for a new Mali. Yesterday, Yeah met with a youth group at the HQ in Faladie. He encouraged them to organize themselves so that they could affect the election and the future of their country. It is meetings like this that are so important to the strength of the campaign.

    On November 26, an event was held for the women in a military camp. An initial meeting a week prior to the event brought to light the need for a mill among the women. At this event, the Samakes donated a mill. The event was attended by all of the women of every age in the community. Yeah spoke, welcoming the women to the event. He spoke about how he wanted change for the country and how when he became president, military families would receive greater benefits than they do today. He also spoke about how today’s children are so important and how education is essential to their success. Then we did the official ribbon cutting. It was a very fulfilling event and brought further support for the Samake2012 campaign.

    This last week, Yeah met with supporters in Tombouctou. The goal was to introduce Yeah and the PACP party to the different regions in Tombouctou. This region is one of the administrative regions of Mali. It is also the largest region of Mali. The meeting was set up by the Mayor of Bourem City Mohammed Toure. In attendance were the PACP Coordination Committees and at least 200 people. The meeting began with intro by Sulemane Samaké, who eloquently presented the vision of PACP and the values of its candidate. He talked about the major accomplishments that Yeah has actually done for his country. There was a Question & Answer session afterwards. Many different issues were discussed but the most important topic was security in the region. Al Qaeda has captured foreigners from other countries to bring them to Mali. This is one of the primary concerns Yeah will address when he is elected. Tombouctou could also be a very good tourist destination. This faraway region is extremely important to the candidacy. It is be important to build lasting relationships with the leaders and people of Tombouctou. It was a successful trip!

     

    The region of Kayes is bordered to the north by Mauritania, to the west by Senegal, to the south by Guinea and to the east by the region of Koulikoro. In 2009 the region has a population of 1,996,812 inhabitants. It’s about a 10 hour drive from Bamako.

    The trip consisted of multiple stops to campaign. The first stop was in Diema, 5 hours into the road trip. A group of community leaders had gathered to greet Yeah and ask how they could best support Yeah. This is a community where the senator was willing to skip an important meeting so that he could be there to meet Yeah. Two men spoke fondly of Yeah’s accomplishments and then Yeah spoke. He thanked the groups and spoke of the changes he will make for Mali.

    This was an important meeting aimed at the key groups in this village. When the leaders of a village are affected, they in turn will go and spread the word to all those that interact with on a daily basis.

    We continued our onward journey to the region of Kayes. We stopped in Khouloun, a small village by the water. The village is only accessible by boat. As we arrived on the other side of the river, we were anxiously greeted by the villagers. The brother of the chief of the village expressed his support for Yeah and committed his village to helping Yeah achieve his goal of the Presidency.The mayor too, Assa Mady Diallo, welcomed Yeah to his village and explained the current water issues that his village was having. Yeah promised that he would try to find a solution to the water drinking problem. These events were very successful and we have many additional supporters on the campaign!

    The Malian journal, posted another great article, written by Yaya Samaké, on the mounting support of PACP in regions across Mali. You can read the article, translated into English, below.

    2012 Presidential Election: The mayors of the communes of Ouroun and Syentoula support Yeah Samake

    The leader of the new political  political party of the Mayor of Ouelessebougou, the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP), has already seen massive support. Last Friday, two mayors and a dozen other officials of the CDS-Mogotiguiya, the URD, ADEMA, the RPM, the MPR and the party Barica showed their support for Yeah Samaké, in regards to the upcoming 2012 presidential election.

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    Since Yeah announced the official registration of his party, mayors and city councils from around the country are calling in to support him and the PACP party. Yeah has also been busy this past week working with the charities to bring water projects to regions of Mali that don’t have water pumps/wells.

    Yeah was published in a Malian newspaper today.

    “2012 Presidential Election: The mayors of Ouroun and Syentoula align with Yeah Samaké”

    “For those who think that the Mayor of Ouelessebougou, Niankoro Yeah Samaké, candidate for the 2012 Presidential election, came to amuse the audience, they are wrong. His candidacy wins more and more ground in the ranks of the municipal councilors.”

    The article speaks of the support of mayors from the rural communities of Ouroun and Syentoula, particularly for Yeah’s policy of decentralization.

    To view the article in French, “Présidentielle de 2012: Les maires des communes d’Ouroun et Syentoula rallient Yeah Samaké.”

    In regards to the newly-created PACP party, L’essor, Malian journal, published this article, written by Madiba Keita.

    Niankoro Yeah Samake, the symbol of PACP

    The Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP), has recently been established and will be present in the 2012 presidential election.

    PACP’s presidential cadidiate, Niankoro Yeah Samaké, is the mayor of the rural commune of Ouelessebougou, first Vice Presdient of the Association of Municipalities of Mali, and Executive Director of the Mali Rising Foundation. The party met on Saturday for a press conference to present their vision for society, which focuses on patriotism, civic action, decentralization, liberty, democracy, human rights, and good governance. Niankoro Yeah Samaké hopes to win the presidential election this next year to establish his vision for the benefit of all the Malian people, he said. After having long been referred to as the Mayor of Ouelessebougou,  the press questioned him on the sincerity of his candidacy, when you learn that he was elected in 2009 as mayor under the party URD. His resignation from the URD was perceived by some as treason or an attempt to divide from the URD. In reaction, Niankoro Yeah Samaké assured us that his candidacy didn’t happen by chance. “I have ambitions for my country and it is by seeking the highest office that I can acccomplish them. For example, I aspire to develop the decentralization concept to our country. Mali isn’t a poor country, on the contrairy, it is rich in resources. Only decentralization can allow for efficient management and transparency of these resources,” he announced. Niankoro Yeah Samaké clarified: “I am not a candidate for the presidential election against a specific person. I am a candidate to give my contribution to the construction of our nation. And for this, I completed my studies in the United states.” The mayor of the rural commune of Ouelessebougou seems certain of his victory in 2012. “To win the election, we must be in the 2nd round and we will be in the second round. With the support of the Malian people, we can win this presidential election,” remarked the president of PACP.

    To view this article online in French: Niankoro Yeah Saake, Porte-Drapeau du PACP

    Here is an article published in Malian journal, Le Guido, by Kadi Thera today. We have translated it into English below. PACP and Yeah Samaké do not support the government’s

    Party for Civic and Patriotic Action: “We do not agree with constitutional reforms. The state is a continuity and right now, they should be facing other concerns of the country,” according to Niankoro Yeah Samake.

    On Saturday, November 12, 2012, President Niankoro Yeah Samake and his party led a press conference to express the reasons for the party’s creation.

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    November 12th marked the first major press conference for Yeah and the officially registered party PACP (Parti Pour L’Action Civique Et Patriotique). The media, represented by 10 newspapers, radio stations and 2 major TV networks, showed up in huge numbers for this big announcement. The announcement consisted mainly of making PACP officially known to Mali. The media is essential in Mali because it represents the interests of the people. It can help to win the election. The conference was a huge success. Yeah, surrounded by his committee, presented the platform that PACP stood for. That is, unity of all Malians to work hard so that country as a whole will progress and develop (Unité—Travail—Progrés).  Yeah displayed the official document showing the registration of PACP with the Ministere De L’Administration Territoriale et des Collectivites Locales under the direction of party leaders Yeah Samaké, Garba Konate and Fomba. After he finished speaking, they received many questions.

    One journalist asked Yeah whether he had created a new party because his old party URD (which is the biggest party) did not choose him as candidate. This presented Yeah with the perfect opportunity to speak about the values that PACP had that URD did not represent. Also when you have a party that has been around for so long it becomes hard to change ideals and keep in touch with what is essential for your people. Also in a country that is 90% Muslim, the question was asked about how Yeah being a Christian would fare to which Yeah advised the journalists not to divide Malians based on religion. When religion and ethnicity is used to determine rights, democracy as a whole is threatened.

    One article was published on Mali Web: Le maire Yeah Samaké, président du Pacp : « Le timing des reformes est inapproprié.»

    “‘New party, don’t be shy, we are going to rub shoulders with the big parties,” according to the mayor of Ouelessebougou and new party leader. This party was created to meet the needs of the Malian people, of patriotisms and good citizenship that remains to be fulfilled…The future presidential candidate of 2012 has an opinion on the consitiutional reforms, which the timing is inappropriate, according to him. There are enough concerns with the elections.”

    Success to PACP!