Mali coup chief names new cupboard with military 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 brand new cupboard within the nation’s transitional authorities, with navy officers receiving the strategic ministries of defence, safety and nationwide reconciliation.

An announcement on nationwide tv on Friday mentioned 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 within the transitional administration that was finally 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 cupboard reshuffle that may have changed Camara from his submit, in addition to Modibo Kone, who had been in command of safety.

Kone was not included within 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 towards Keita earlier than his overthrow, mentioned he’s a civilian and isn’t associated to the colonel.

The appointment of the brand 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 step with worldwide calls for, and mentioned the elections deliberate for subsequent yr 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 hundreds of troops stationed within the war-torn nation, additionally suspended navy cooperation.

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

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque, who has reported extensively on Mali, mentioned most of the cupboard members have been “familiar names” as they have been members of the navy authorities.

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

“The ECOWAS had asked Goita, when he took power, 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 mentioned.

“You have members of 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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