(AFP) – Mar 30, 2011
BAMAKO — Mali Prime Minister Modibo Sidibe has resigned after more than three years in the job, officials told AFP Wednesday, in a move that comes just over a year ahead of presidential elections.
No reason was immediately given for his resignation and a new government was expected to be announced, officials in the president's and prime minister's office told AFP.
Sidibe, who was appointed prime minister in September 2007, handed his resignation to President Amadou Toumani Toure who accepted, they said.
The 58-year-old is considered close to Toure whose second and final term ends in 2012.
None of the officials provided an explanation for Sidibe's resignation, nor commented on his possible replacements.
"President Toure will want to put new wind in the sails of the government," said a member of the presidential entrourage, who declined to comment further.
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