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Mali coup leader appoints new cabinet with army officers in key positions | Mali News

Military officers receive the strategic ministries of defense, security and national reconciliation.

A few weeks after leading the second coup d’état in Mali in nine months, Colonel Assimi Goita appointed a new cabinet within the country’s transitional government, with military officers receiving the strategic ministries of defense and security. and national reconciliation.

An announcement on national television on Friday said Col. Sadio Camara, one of the leaders of the August 2020 coup that ousted former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, had been reinstated as minister of Defense.

Goita, who was vice-president of the transitional administration that was eventually formed after Keita’s overthrow, orchestrated another coup in late May that toppled interim president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane.

The colonel accused the couple of not having consulted him on a cabinet reshuffle that would have replaced Camara in his post, as well as Modibo Kone, who had been in charge of security.

Kone was not included in the new government formation. Another colonel, Daoud Aly Mohammedine, has been appointed Minister of Security.

Goita, who was vice president under the previous transitional government, was sworn in this week as interim president despite international condemnation of last month’s coup.

The African Union and the 15-country regional bloc of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have suspended Mali, while France, which has stationed thousands of troops in the torn country. the war, also suspended its military cooperation.

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to end his country’s 5,100-man military operation fighting armed groups in the Sahel region of West Africa.

Nicolas Haque of Al Jazeera, who has reported extensively on Mali, said many cabinet members were “household names” because they were members of the military government.

“A new face is Abdoulaye Diop, who will be the foreign minister,” Haque said. “He will have the heavy task of rebuilding relations with international actors, in particular ECOWAS, which has put Mali under sanctions and suspended the country from the union – but above all, to reestablish the link with France.

Goita appointed a civilian prime minister, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, in line with international requirements, and said he would hold elections in February 2022.

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