On Wednesday, December 12, Mali abruptly named Diango Cissoko as the country's new Prime Minister. Mali's previous Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested and replaced the day before by two decrees of the interim president Dioncounda Traore by soldiers that were sympathetic to loyal to a former coup leader. This is a growing problem in Mali considering it was once the African government most closely associated with democracy. This increase of armed displacement of power can not hold well for long and still strive to be a democracy in which office holders are elected by the people, not positioned by other people already in power.


Gabriella Pittaluga
12/21/2012 09:36:04

There is a lot of unrest in Africa as of late. It's hard to say what could or will happen with the Malian democracy. I certainly don't approve of violence as a force to install new regimes. But the truth of the matter is that it takes a long time to get in the swing of a government. Just think back to our nation's founding. War was the means that gave us our democracy. War and violence seem to be a common factor when a people want to have peace.

Kate Ramundo
1/15/2013 23:34:17

People sometimes seem uncomfortable with change. I wonder if this discomfort that results in unrest and violence is always needed.

Paige Gallagher
3/8/2013 06:26:38

When changing a goverment there will never be complete peace. Everyone will not always agree 100% but it is important to listen to the people, mainly the majority. Yet you have to beware the majority becuase they are not always right and these people who fear the change and cuase the violence could be right or wrong.


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