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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  • Cotton is Mali’s second major export. On Saturday, December 31, 2011, the textile company Cotton Ginning Company (CMDT) which does the exporting of Mali cotton, reopened its doors in Ouelessebougou. This is one of the 5 cotton factories in Mali and its reopening is a great development in the hope to reduce some of the unemployment in Mali. Yeah Samake had the opportunity as Mayor to inaugurate the reopening. Yeah has facilitated many new opportunities for the people of Ouelessebougou, imagine what he could do for all of Mali.

    On her blog with the Salt Lake Tribune, Following Faith, shares a few thoughts about Yeah and his commitment to Mali. Thank you Peggy for your support. We appreciate it! Team Samake…on to victory!

    What about that third Mormon running for President?

    Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are not the only Mormons making a bid for the highest office in the land.

    Yeah Samake is the front-runner in Mali’s 2012 presidential election.

    Samake, who was born into poverty in that Western African nation, joined the LDS Church in the U.S. and eventually graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public policy.

    He returned to his home in 2009 and was elected the mayor of Ouelessebougou, with 86 percent of the vote.

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    A new video has been posted with Yeah’s New Year message to the Malian people, wishing the people of Mali a year of good health, peace and above all prosperity. This is the year for change. Support Yeah Samake for President of Mali 2012! 

    Steven Kapp Perry interviewed Yeah on Thursday. Team Samake is headed towards success!

    Click on the following interview title to listen to the podcast online: Latter-day Saint Mayor runs for President in Mali

    A visiting legislator once asked Joseph Smith Jr. how he governed so many people with such order.  Joseph replied, “I teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves.”  Joseph Smith was the mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois at the time and was later a candidate for President of the United States.  Over a hundred years later, another Latter-day Saint espouses much of the same principle-based philosophy of decentralized governance, only his name is Yeah Samake, he is currently the mayor of Ouelessebougou, and he is a candidate for President in the African country of Mali.

    In this audio interview, BYU graduate Yeah Samake shares the story of his father’s vision for education which raised an entire family from hunger to prominence.  We’ll hear how his actions eliminating corruption as Mayor of a small town brought him to the attention of national leaders in Mali, and what he hopes to accomplish if elected President of Mali in April of 2012.  You’ll also learn what it’s like for brother and sister Samake and their children to be the only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a country with a population which is 90% Muslim.

    That’s this week on The Cricket and Seagull.

    The year 2011 has been a great year for Samake 2012. The support is mounting in Mali as Yeah attempts to win the hearts of the 14 million Malians. With the help of Yeah’s wife, Marissa, the campaign has compiled a chronicle of our journey in Mali thus far.

    Samake 2012: A Year in Review 

    NOTE: It does take a bit to load. Please click on the first slide to make it bigger and then click on “Show Details” in the bar above. The arrows on that same bar will take you through the whole timeline.

    Thank you for all the support you have been to Samake 2012 in 2011. The year 2012 will spell great challenges but also great rewards as the election is held in April. Please continue to support us at and make events like those shown above possible. We cannot win without you. Mali deserves a better future.


    Although Yeah has been attending events and meetings in Utah and New York, the PACP party members continue to spread the world in their own meetings. Our party members are clearly committed to Yeah Samake’s vision for Mali. This past week, there were three very important meetings. The first was a meeting for the women in Mali to address their concerns;. Women play an essential role because they are the breath of Mali and they can encourage one another to come to the polls in huge droves. The second meeting was held at PACP headquarters by Party Woman Leader Assa Sidibé. There were about 20 women community leaders from Bamako’s different regions. They spoke about the most important issues and Yeah’s commitment to the people. The third meeting was very similar to the second but it was officiated by Party Secretary – General Fomba. They introduced 25 community leaders to what Yeah and PACP stand for. These meetings are necessary to educate the voters.

    Read more about the meetings from Marissa Samake’s perspective on her blog at:

    This past week has seen an amazing development for a few of the 704 mayors of Mali. Invited by Yeah Samake and the Utah League of Cities and Towns, these mayors came to Utah to participate in a sharing of information and training. This is the first time an event of such nature has taken place between Utah and Mali. The idea behind bringing the mayors was to allow a partnership to be built between mayors in Utah and mayors in Mali.

    “As Mayor of Ouelessebougou, Samake is trying to improve conditions in his community and raise the level of ethics in his country’s government. His push for transparency in a developing democracy is building confidence among communities, improving programs and services, raising tax collection rates, and bringing people out of the shroud of illiteracy that has dominated Mali for generations.” (The Cafe, Nov 28th 2011)

    The Mayors’ days were filled with meetings with the different mayors in Utah and also with activities that supported Yeah’s campaign. By bringing these mayors to Utah, Yeah is demonstrating to his critics in Mali that he can and will support further training and development. He is better preparing these few mayors to look at their cities in a new light when they return. These meetings with Utah mayors will help show the Malian Mayors how to create better citizenship standards for their own communities. They have now learned how to address infrastructure needs, and the ethical responsibilities of being an elected official. This is the first step to creating a lesser corrupt Mali. And what will Utah gain? Utah mayors will gain knowledge on how things work in a developing country. This partnership promises to be of favor to all involved.

    The move to create these opportunities is an essential first step in creating opportunities in Mali. Only when leadership is affected to develop their communities will change trickle to the different areas of Mali.

    Yeah speaking at USCC

    This event at the UCCU center in Utah was a success on so many levels. It was held on Monday, December 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It was attended by a few hundred people and covered by KUTV news. Yeah was touched by the number of people that took time out of this busy season and showed up to support him. Some were good friends, but there were many that were there for the first time. Yeah at this event spoke about his life growing up in Mali and all the challenges and blessings he has had. He spoke of the dream to lead the people of Mali out of the grip of poverty and into the hands of comfort and development.

    KSL’s Stephanie Grimes wrote a great article about Yeah Samake. Check it out!

    BYU alumnus, Malian presidential candidate visits Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Growing up in a poor village in sub-Saharan Africa, Yeah Samake never imagined himself to be the future front-runner in the 2012 Malian presidential race.

    But that is exactly the position in which the Mali native and BYU alumnus finds himself as he visits Utah this week to raise funds for his 2012 campaign. Samake will host a free “family night” Monday at the UCCU Events Center at Utah Valley University, where attendees can learn about Samake’s upbringing and his plans for his campaign.

    His story is one of “small miracles.” The Ouelessebougou, Mali, native attended school in a village where only 15 percent of children were able to do so.

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    Thank you Maurine Proctor for this incredible article in Meridian Article. This is a comprehensive look at Yeah, his story, and his vision. On to Victory!

    Yet Another Latter-day Saint Runs for President

    Yeah Samake, a BYU graduate and frontrunner for president of Mali, will be hosting a free “family night” this Monday, December 12, at 6:30 pm at the UCCU Center.  Please come and meet someone we hope will be the next president of Mali. For more information go here

    Another Latter-day Saint is running for the president of a nation—only the country in question isn’t the United States.  It’s Mali, and Yeah Samake, the charismatic frontrunner for an election that will take place this April, has not run up against criticism for his faith.  As the only Latter-day Saint man in a country that is 90% Moslem, it hasn’t been an issue.

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    Yeah finds himself very busy fundraising and attending other meetings in Utah to gain support for the campaign.

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