April 5, 2014 / 11:21 PM / 4 years ago

Mali government resigns, new PM appointed: state TV

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali’s government has resigned and town planning minister Moussa Mara will become prime minister, a presidential spokesman said on state television late on Saturday.

Mali's Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly speaks during a joint news conference with European Council President Herman van Rompuy (unseen) in Brussels February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Outgoing prime minister Oumar Tatam Ly submitted the entire government’s resignation to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Saturday and it was accepted, the statement said.

His replacement Mara, a political veteran who ran against Keita in Mali’s August Presidential election, will be responsible for appointing new ministers.

No timeframe was given for the appointments.

Under the Malian system, a reshuffle is normal following legislative elections.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, known universally by his initials IBK, was elected on a pledge to unite Mali and is seeking to rebuild the country from the ashes of a war against Islamists.

The West African country was plunged into chaos by a Tuareg rebellion in early 2012, followed shortly by a military coup. Islamist militants took advantage of the chaos and seized the desert north, forcing France to intervene in its ex-colony.

Reporting by Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Lisa Shumaker, Bernard Orr

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