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Mali's anti-putsch front demands PM resign

2012-07-25 11:25

Bamako - An anti-putsch group formed in the wake of Mali's March coup, on Tuesday demanded the resignation of interim Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra whom they accused of "incompetence and amateurishness".

"Three months after its formation, the transition government led by Cheick Modibo Diarra has only become bogged down in incompetence and amateurishness and Mali is only sinking deeper," the United Front for the Defence of the Republic and Democracy said in a statement.

The FDR called for Diarra to "resign in order to facilitate consultations to put in place a new prime minister and a government of national union".

The grouping unites some 40 political parties and about 100 civil society organisations.

The call for Diarra's resignation comes as the prime minister is working on forming a wider unity government which the Economic Community of West African States said must be formed by 31 July.

He has presented a roadmap to mediator Blaise Compaore as a way out of the country's post-coup crisis.

The FDR criticised this as "a plan of action without political or strategic vision, and without a timeline or precise plan, clearly concocted under the pressure of events and in which the burning priorities of the nation are scarcely in evidence".

The grouping notably accused Diarra of having "no strategy to free, through war or negotiation" the north of the country which has been occupied by Islamist groups for nearly four months.