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Mali coup chief names new cabinet with army officers in key posts

Military officers obtain the strategic ministries of defence, safety and nationwide reconciliation.

Weeks after main Mali’s second coup in 9 months, Colonel Assimi Goita has named a new cabinet in the nation’s transitional authorities, with army officers receiving the strategic ministries of defence, safety and nationwide reconciliation.

An announcement on nationwide tv on Friday stated Colonel Sadio Camara, one of many leaders of the August 2020 coup that eliminated former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, had been restored as defence minister.

Goita, who was vp in the transitional administration that was ultimately fashioned after Keita’s overthrew, orchestrated in late May one other coup that eliminated interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.

The colonel accused the pair of failing to seek the advice of him a few cabinet reshuffle that will have changed Camara from his publish, in addition to Modibo Kone, who had been in cost of safety.

Kone was not included in the new authorities lineup. Another colonel, Daoud Aly Mohammedine, was appointed safety minister. Meanwhile, a person additionally named Modibo Kone was appointed surroundings minister, however a spokesperson for M5-RFP coalition, which had spearheaded months of protests in opposition to Keita earlier than his overthrow, stated he’s a civilian and isn’t associated to the colonel.

The appointment of the new authorities might ease tensions with Mali’s companions who need the transitional authorities to press on with elections deliberate for February 2022.

Goita, who was vp beneath the earlier transitional authorities, was sworn in on Monday as interim president. On Wednesday, he appointed a civilian prime minister, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, in conserving with worldwide calls for, and stated the elections deliberate for subsequent 12 months can be held.

Last month’s coup sparked worldwide uproar, with the African Union and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional bloc suspending Mali.

France, which has 1000’s of troops stationed in the war-torn nation, additionally suspended army cooperation.

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron introduced plans to wind down his nation’s 5,100-strong army operation battling armed teams throughout West Africa’s Sahel area.

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque, who has reported extensively on Mali, stated most of the cabinet members had been “familiar names” as they had been members of the army authorities.

He added, nonetheless, that the new lineup appeared to fulfill regional calls for to type a authorities from an inclusive cross-section of Malian society.

“The ECOWAS had asked Goita to form a national unity government, and it seems that the government that he has announced, although there are many familiar faces, is one such national unity government,” Haque stated.

“You have the M5-RFP, the civil society movement that led to the downfall of Keita; you also have members of Keita’s former ruling party; and of course, members of the military junta,” he added.

“A new face is Abdoulaye Diop, who will be the minister of foreign affairs,” Haque famous.

“He will have the tough task to rebuild relations with international actors, notably ECOWAS who has put Mali under sanctions and has suspended the country from the union – but most importantly, to re-establish connection with France.”

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