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Malian Government Focused on Regaining Control of North

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s acting Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra has named three special advisors to the prime minister with ministerial ranks. Hamadoun Toure, Sadio Lamine Sow and Mamadou Diakite were named Tuesday. Toure will be special advisor on government communication. Sow will be advisor on international affairs and Diakite on employment and training of youth. Toure served […]

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Malian Government Focused on Regaining Control of North

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian official says the country’s new national unity government will focus on re-taking control of the north from radical Islamist groups. Hamadoune Toure, Mali’s minister for communication and government spokesman, tells VOA that hardliners seeking to impose Sharia law in the north are not welcome in the new government. He says the government will […]

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Malian Government Focused on Regaining Control of North

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian official says a new national unity government will prioritize re-establishing control in the country’s north and that radical Islamists holding that territory have no place in the government. Hamadoune Toure, Mali’s minister for communication and government spokesman, told VOA (English-to-Africa) that hardline Islamists seeking to impose Sharia law in the north are not […]

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Mali Announces New Government

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali has announced a new government of national unity, five months after a military coup ousted the country’s elected government. The new government replaces a transitional government created in April that was plagued by infighting. It has 31 posts and retains several ministers who are members of the military junta that staged the recent coup, […]

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New Somali Parliament Sworn In

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s new parliament was sworn in Monday, as the country moves ahead with efforts to establish a stable, permanent government. Two hundred eleven lawmakers took office in a ceremony held under tight security at the Mogadishu airport, to prevent attacks by the militant group al-Shabab. Another 64 seats have yet to be filled in a […]

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New Somali Parliament to Hold First Session

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s new parliament begins its work Monday, as the country moves ahead with a plan to establish a stable, permanent government. A selection committee has named only 225 lawmakers for the 275-seat body, but officials say that is enough for the parliament to convene. In an interview with VOA , Constitution and Reconciliation Minister Abirahman […]

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New Somali Parliament to Hold First Session

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s new parliament begins its work Monday, as the country moves closer to completing a complex plan to establish a stable, permanent government. A selection committee has named about 220 lawmakers for the 275-seat body, but officials say that is enough for the parliament to convene. The lawmakers are expected to vote for a new […]

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Mali Moves Ahead With Plan to Form Unity Government

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s transitional leadership continues moving toward a larger unity government, although no date for its establishment has been set. Thursday marks the final day for candidates to submit applications for posts in the new government, including that of a newly created commissioner charged with overseeing the situation in the north. Islamist militants with ties to […]

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Mali Hits Deadline in Plan to Form Unity Government

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s transitional leadership continues moving toward a larger unity government, although no date for its establishment has been set. Thursday marks the final day for candidates to submit applications for posts in the new government, including that of a newly created commissioner charged with overseeing the situation in the north. Islamist militants with ties to […]

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Report: Berlusconi to Seek Vote on Economic Measures

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has promised European members of the Group of 20 leading economies that lawmakers will soon hold a vote on new measures to deal with Italy’s economic problems. According to an Italian official at the G20 summit Thursday, Mr. Berlusconi said his government will submit new cost-cutting plans to the Italian […]

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