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Mali Prime Minister To Resign

February 15, 2000 GMT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) _ Mali’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and lawmakers allied with him resigned from Parliament on Monday following public calls for their dismissal over the West African nation’s economic problems.

President Alpha Oumar Konare accepted the resignations, state radio reported, and thanked Keita for the six years he served in the office.

No further details were immediately available. Newspapers and radio stations in Mali have called for Keita’s dismissal and blamed his government for the sickly state of the country’s economy.

Mali, an arid country of goat herders, nomads and miners on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, is one of the world’s 10 poorest countries, according to the United Nations Development Program.