Mali enters another political crisis as troops arrest the Prime Minister
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In Mali earlier today, the Prime Minister, Cheick Modibo Diarra, made this announcement on state television: “At this time of crisis, men and women concerned about the future of our nation want a calmed situation. It is why, I, Cheick Modibo Diarra, resign with all my government today, Tuesday 2012.” On Monday Diarra was arrested by soldiers at his home and analysts say this statement was likely made under duress. Diarra was installed as Prime Minister following a military coup in March. Unrest in the country is growing as rebels and Islamic extremists in the north continue to make gains. For analysis we spoke with Dr Robin-Edward Poulton, Mali expert at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of World Studies.