(Editors’ note: this is the first of what we hope will be literally thousands of posts by the great Daniel Bartholomew, who needs no introduction, except to say he’s been blogging about Mormon subjects for many years.)
Yeah Samake is a convert to the LDS Church, a BYU graduate, mayor of Ouelessebougou and a candidate to become president of Mali in 2012. You can find his website here.
On the “About Myself” portion of his website is written an interesting tidbit about how Yeah Samake allows some of our common religious terminology to enter into his political work:
Samake has instituted a council of tribal elders, what he likes to call his “Elder’s Quorum,” where each village sends two trusted elders to the council. It keeps leaders accountable and has become an agent of communication to the communities.
So, along with the two Mormons seeking to be a presidential candidate here in the United States, LDS people should also pay attention to how the presidential race in Mali goes for brother Yeah Samake. Good luck to him!