Mali PM vows to quickly form an ‘open’ government Jul 12, 2020 0 344 12345 AFPBamakoMalian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Saturday vowed to rapidly form a government “open to facing the challenges of the day”, adding that the death toll of the country’s worst civil unrest in years had risen to four.“The president and I remain open to dialogue. I will very quickly set up an executive with the intention of being open to facing the challenges of the day,” Cisse said while visiting a hospital.Violence broke out at mass protests in the capital Bamako on Friday demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resign over a long-running jihadist conflict, economic woes and perceived government corruption.The demonstrators attacked parliament and ransacked the national television station. Initial reports said two had been killed in the violence, and dozens wounded -- but on Saturday Cisse said that four had died.Cisse has been prime minister since last year, and Keita reappointed him on June 11 following parliamentary elections in March and April that sparked a movement calling for Keita to go.Months after the elections, the fragile West African country still has no government.Keita has increasingly tried to appease a newly formed opposition movement, opening the door to forming a national unity government. The opposition has rejected his attempts, insisting that he step down. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Iraq PM vows to fight customs corruption at border with Iran Jul 12, 2020 0 177 Iran says cannot shut down economy despite worsening virus outbreak Jul 12, 2020 0 138 Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque Jul 12, 2020 0 136 Hospitals in north-west Syria only treating emergencies due to virus DPA Damascus Hospitals in the rebel-controlled stronghold of Idlib in north-western Syria have limited their work to emergency cases after the first infection of the novel coronavirus was recorded in the region, a .. New Tunisia protests over unemployment AFP Tunis Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated in the south of the country on Saturday against unemployment and the death of a young man they say was killed by soldiers earlier this week. Protesters in the town of Remada .. Two dead, eight rescued in Lagos building collapse Lagos A two-storey residential building under renovation collapsed overnight in Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos, killing two and injuring eight, the emergency services said on Saturday. Building collapses are .. Burkina Faso ruling party backs President Kabore for re-election Ouagadougou Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Saturday won his party’s backing to run for a second term, despite struggling to crush a bloody jihadist insurgency. Simon Compaore, president of the .. Egypt grounds kites for ‘safety’, ‘national security’ AFP Cairo Egyptian police have seized kites from people flying them after a ban by a northern governorate for “safety” reasons and a lawmaker’s warning they posed a “national security threat”. Police seized 369 kites in ..