The new interim president of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, appointed members of a new government on Friday, June 11, where the military was given key positions such as defense, security and national reconciliation, national television said. Ali Coulibaly.
The president of the transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta, was the chief architect of the formation of the new government. He took back to Colonel Sadio Camara, who was fired from this post in the volatile team appointed by former President Bah N’Daw, our Bamako correspondent reports. Serge Daniel.
Whoever was one of the leaders of the coup in August 2020 regains the defense portfolio, according to the presidential decree. His dismissal from the government in late May of the former president of the transition Bah N’Daw is considered one of the triggers for second coup in nine months in the country.
Soldiers near Assimi Goïta keep their posts, as does Ismaël Wagué, another leader of the August coup that overthrew former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. He keeps the portfolio for national reconciliation.
The same applies to the new Minister of Security, Colonel-General Daoud Aly Mohammedine, who has so far held the position of number 2 in the army. The return was marked to the economy and mines of two civilians close to the soldiers who had also lost their jobs.
Mahamadou Kassogué is also appointed to justice. Until then, he held the prosecutor’s office responsible for the fight against corruption.
This government is also announced as “open” and “inclusive” by Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maïga, member of the Mouvement du 5-Juin / Rassemblement des forces patriotiques (M5 / RFP), a collective of opponents, religious and members of civil society. Another prominent member of the M5-RFP Ibrahima Ikassa Maïga joined the Executive Director, at the head of the Ministry of Reconstruction.
Ibrahima Ikassa Maïga, a member of the M5-RFP Strategic Committee, is also a member of the URD’s political bureau, the party of the former main opponent who died in December, Soumaïla Cissé.
Minister Abdoulaye Diop, who was part of the government under President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, overthrown by the military on August 18, returned to his post on foreign affairs. This former diplomat took part in the negotiations that led to the signing of the peace agreement in Algiers.
Among the new team of 28 members, including 25 ministers and three deputy ministers, are also representatives of the ex-rebels.
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