Cheick Modibo Diarra

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Mali's former premier Cheick Modibo Diarra prays alongside his... News PhotoAfrica,Bamako,Ceremony,Cheick Modibo Diarra,Dedication,Former,Government,Horizontal,Mali,Politics,Praying,Prime Minister,Replacement,SuccessorPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMali's former premier Cheick Modibo Diarra (Center L) prays alongside his successor and replacement Prime Minister Diango Cissoko (Center R) during a ceremony dedicated to the official handover of power between the two, in Bamako, on December 13, 2012. Mali's former premier, who was strongarmed into resigning by an ex-junta, met his replacement Prime Minister Diango Cissoko today for an official handover of power in Bamako. Diarra has said his main priorities are organising elections and wresting back control of northern Mali from Islamic hardliners who have occupied it for eight months and imposed brutal sharia law on the population. AFP PHOTO / HABIB KOUYATE (Photo credit should read HABIB KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images)