Mr. Boubou Cisse (Source: Reuters)

“The President of the Republic has decided to name Doctor Boubou Cisse to the function of Prime Minister,” Keita’s office said in a statement.

Former Finance Minister Boubou Cisse, has been tasked with forming a "broad government" to stem the bloodshed in the country, the presidential office announced in a statement on April 22nd.

Cisse began his career as an economist for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. in 2005. In 2008, he was promoted to principal economist and project director of its Human Development Division. He later worked in Nigeria and Niger as a resident representative for the World Bank.

He served as Minister of Industry and Mines in 2013, Minister of Mines in April 2014 and Minister of Economy and Finance in 2016.

Mali's former Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his government resigned last week after a massacre of almost 160 herders from the Fulani community by an ethnic vigilante group in the town of Ogossagou shocked the nation.

While no reason was given for the move, it came amid heavy criticism that Mr. Maiga had failed to deal with the country's worsening security situation./.

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