Mali's president names new prime minister

By BABA AHMED and RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
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In this still frame made from video provided by ORTM Mali TV, Mali's Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra resigns during a broadcast on state television from Bamako, Mali on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, hours after soldiers who led a recent coup burst into his home and arrested him. (AP Photo/ORTM Mali TV) MALI ACCESS OUT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's president has named a longtime public servant as the country's new prime minister, hours after the position's former occupant was arrested and forced to resign by the soldiers behind a spring coup.

The presidential decree read on state television said Django Sissoko, the republic's ombudsman and a former administrator of the presidential palace, is the new premier.

Ex-Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra was announced his resignation in a statement broadcast on national television at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, the leader of Mali's March 21 coup, Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo said he had no regrets about Diarra's resignation. He denied, however, that the premier was forced to quit, saying soldiers simply "facilitated" his departure.