Moctar Ouané: Mali gets new prime minister

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Mali now has a new prime minister, Moctar Ouané

The nation’s new transitional government has also appointed Colonel Daouda Sogoba as the chief of staff to President Bah Ndaw

Ouané was a former foreign minister and ambassador of Mali to the UN

The transitional government of Mali led by President Bah Ndaw has appointed a new prime minister, Moctar Ouané, to work with him.

Ouané who is 64 years old had served as a former ambassador of the nation to the United Nations (UN) from 1995-2002 and foreign minister until 2009, TVC News reports.

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Added to his profile, the new prime minister is also the delegate general for peace and security of the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA).

Moreover, after being sworn in on Friday, September 25, Ndaw appointed Colonel Daouda Sogoba as his new chief of staff.

The new development has been regarded as the offshoots of the efforts of a former Nigerian leader, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who recently led an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission to access the progress made towards peace in the country after the coup.

Earlier, following a political crisis that graduated into a coup in Mali, Ndaw was on Friday sworn in as the country’s interim president during a ceremony in Bamako.

This came five weeks after Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was forced out of the presidency as the political imbroglio that polarised Mali hit the climax on Tuesday, August 18.

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Junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita, who led a coup against the former president, was also sworn in as the vice president.

Until Mali’s elections take place, the former defence minister has been tasked with heading an 18-month transition back to civilian rule following the military coup.

Ndaw’s appointment as a civilian president was a condition for the ECOWAS to lift the sanctions it imposed on the country after the coup.

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