SOURCE: Randgold Resources Ld

August 23, 2012 07:58 ET

Randgold welcomes political progress in Mali

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2012) -

Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands
Reg. No. 62686
LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
Nasdaq Trading Symbol: GOLD


Bamako, Mali, 23 August 2012 - Randgold Resources today welcomed the
appointment of a new interim government in Mali which, with the support
of Ecowas and the international community, has been extended to
constitute a government of national unity including all the political
parties and civil society. This represents a further step towards the
full normalisation of the country following the coup attempt earlier
this year. Randgold operates the Loulo and Gounkoto gold mines in Mali
as well as the Morila joint venture and is one of the largest
contributors to the country's economy.

Chief executive Mark Bristow said it was pleasing to see that continued
progress was being made in restoring full political stability in a
country which had long been an exemplary democracy. "We have often
said that we have confidence in the ability of Mali's people to resolve
their differences in a constructive manner and, while there is still
some way to go, this confidence remains unshaken. In the meantime, we
continue to stay in touch with all parties and to monitor the situation
closely," he said.


Chief Executive                      Financial Director
Mark Bristow                         Graham Shuttleworth
+44 788 071 1386 /+223 66 75 01 22   +44 1534 735 333 / +44 779 771 1338

Group regional manager West          Investor & Media Relations
Africa                               Kathy du Plessis
Mahamadou Samake                     +44 20 7557 7738 or
+223 66 75 61 36 /+223 20 20 16 94 


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