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Mali justice minister resigns after activist's acquittal
by Staff Writers
Bamako (AFP) Nov 28, 2017

Mali's justice minister resigned late Monday following the acquittal of a popular radio presenter and activist who alleged that the president and top military leaders were failing to keep the country secure.

No official reason was given for Mamadou Ismael Konate's abrupt departure from the government, but a source close to the minister told AFP his decision was "related to the Ras Bath case".

Mohamed Youssouf Bathily, alias Ras Bath, himself a minister's son, regularly broadcast tirades against the administration of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita until his arrest in August 2016.

News of Bathily's detention led to protests on the streets of the Malian capital Bamako, and one person was killed and dozens injured in the ensuing violence, which also caused widespread damage.

He was cleared of all charges Monday following months of legal wrangling after being sentenced while out of the country to a year in prison for "inciting troop disobedience", a decision overturned on appeal on Monday.

Bathily, who as well as being a radio presenter is a major figure in the country's opposition, had accused Keita of being unable to manage the Malian army, and also sharply criticised several senior military figures on his show.

Konate will be replaced by Hamidou Younoussa Maiga, a lawyer, according to a decree read out on Malian television.

China taps Africa at Morocco Silk Road investment forum
Marrakesh, Morocco (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
A two-day investment forum opened in Morocco's Marrakesh on Monday as China seeks to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa. "The question is how to accelerate cooperation in the field of investment," said Wang Yong, vice president of the China-Africa Development Fund. The event brings together 400 business executives including 150 from China. Morocco's ... read more

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