Mahamane Toure “Haman” of Le Coq magazine in Mali recently published this great article about Yeah and his opinion on the advancement of the crisis. Read it, translated into English, below. Vive le Mali!
“Dioncounda must resign, in the name of patriotism, after 21 days, to quick start the transition,” declared Yeah Samake of PACP
This statement by Mr. Niankoro Yeah Samake, chairman of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP) was made during a press conference he hosted at the party headquarters on Saturday, April 21. The conference was held to declare of the participation of PACP after the recent meeting in Ouagadougou, under the leadership of the President of Faso.
On March 22, 2012, the National Committee of Adjustment and Democracy Restoration of the State (CNRDRE), led by Captain Amadou Sanogo Haya, overthrew the regime of President Amadou Toumani Toure. The coup began, according to the junta, due to the incompetence of the former regime and their desire to counter the Tuareg rebellion in northern Mali. Under a looming threat of total embargo from ECOWAS, which condemned the coup, a framework agreement was signed on April 6 between the ECOWAS Mediator, His Excellency Blaise Compaoré, and the junta, allowing a return to order under the normal constitution. CNRDRE’s agreement has been recognized worldwide.
As a part of the agreement, Dioncounda Traore was sworn before the Supreme Court on Thursday, April 12, as the interim president. According to the constitution, there is really only 40 days until he must hold elections, which we know, are now impossible. The framework agreement also says that a prime minister must be appointed with full power to form a national unity government. So, the choice was given to Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, an astrophysicist and politician. According to Yeah Samaké, the Patriotic Alliance of Democrats for the exit of the crisis (ADPS), a sub-group of PACP, has made concrete proposals to end the crisis. According to him, the framework agreement does not solve the whole problem, because it doesn’t contain the points agreed upon by the various parties. According to him, a forum must be organized to collaborate amongst the different forces of the nation to find the best solutions to exit the crisis. As stated by Mr. Yeah Samake, Dioncounda must resign, in the name of patriotism, after these 21 days, to allow the rapid exit of the crisis.
In his opinion, it is clear that during these 40 days, Dioncounda can not hold elections that conform to the constitution, and since the Prime Minister holds more power than him, It would be better to leave than sit by doing nothing.
To view the article online in French: «Dioncounda doit démissionner par patriotisme après 21 jours, pour permettre un démarrage rapide de la transition», déclaration Yeah Samaké du PACP