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