- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s interim president has named a new prime minister after the former prime minister was arrested and forced to resign by the military.

Longtime civil servant Django Cissoko has been chosen as the new prime minister in a transitional government set up following a military coup in March this year.

Mali’s military overthrew the country’s democratically elected president eight months ago, and a new transitional civilian government with a president and prime minister was established.

The coup leader promised to step aside, but the prime minister’s ouster demonstrates the military still remains in control of this troubled nation.

The political instability also raises questions about the viability of a proposed military operation to take back Mali’s north from Islamic extremists.

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