Yeah Samake sat down for an exclusive interview with the Malian newspaper L’Independent to discuss his views on where his party PACP stands on the situation in Mali after the President was attacked in his office.
Interview with Yeah Samake
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The Independent: Mali is in one of the most painful periods in its history. Monday 21 May, President of the Republic Acting Dioncounda Traoré, was beaten in his office in Koulouba. What lessons do you draw from this act?
Yeah Samake: This attack is a disgrace to our country. The physical integrity of Dioncounda Traoré as interim president was violated. First, we deplore and condemn this fact with the utmost vigor. Next, we wish speedy recovery to the Professor and demand, finally, that the perpetrators and their accomplices are identified and brought to justice. That said, we can draw several lessons from this aggression. Our country is going through a painful period and total confusion. First, security arrangements, not only the presidency but also all other institutions must be such that institutions are not violated. We ask the competent authorities to take all necessary measures so that what happened does not happen again in the history of our country. This collective shame we do not deserve it. Then, it is also an expression of frustration born of mismanagement of a double political and security crisis. The situation in the North is indeed an emergency, but the priority is looking for leadership to an uprising of 21 March 2012 which led to the resignation of President Amadou Toumani Toure.