BYU graduate Samake strives for democracy in Mali

Yeah Samake, a BYU graduate interviewed by Sutherland last year, is featured today in a front-page story in The Salt Lake Tribune, Ex-BYU student focused on restoring democracy in bid for Mali presidency:

With just six weeks until elections to pick the new president of Mali, Yeah Samake was preparing for a major campaign speech when it all came crashing down.

As he left a hotel where some foreign guests were staying, soldiers in a line of military pickups rolled by, firing shots into the air, taking control of the national television and radio station across the street.

Samake, who has a master’s degree in public policy from BYU, was mayor of Ouelessebougou, Mali, before running for president.

To read the rest of today’s Tribune story, click here.

Sutherland’s 2011 interview with Samake is below.