Former Mali foreign minister named prime minister

Bamako – Mali’s transitional President Bah Ndaw has named a new civilian prime minister, announced the state television on Sunday.

Ndaw appointed former foreign minister Moctar Ouane for the position of prime minister.

Ouane served as the country’s foreign minister between 2004 and 2011.

He was Mali’s permanent representative to the UN from 1995 to 2002 and later became a diplomatic adviser to the West African regional bloc, Ecowas.

Ouane’s appointment could see the lifting of sanctions imposed after the coup last month.

The coup leader Coll Assimi Goita had picked Ndaw – who was inaugurated on Friday – to be the transitional president.

Appointing a civilian president was a condition for Ecowas to lift the sanctions it imposed after the coup.

Ecowas officials had on Friday said they would only lift the embargo after a civilian prime minister was also appointed.

According to correspondents, it is still not clear how much power military officers will retain especially after Col Goita was given the position of vice president.

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