The new interim president of Mali, Colonel Asimi Gueta, appointed members of a new government on Friday, in who continues the military die Presidential Secretary Ali Coulibaly informed the public television network that he will retain key portfolios such as defense, security and national reconciliation.
The presidential decree stipulated that one of the perpetrators of the August 2020 coup, Sadio Camara, should take over the defense portfolio. His expulsion from the government at the end of May by the former interim president Bah Ndao is one of the reasons that led to Gueta’s second coup within nine months.
Ismahel Waghi, who was involved in the coup in August, kept the portfolio of national reconciliation.
Open and inclusive government
Among the members of the new government is the prominent member of the June 5th National Forces Movement / Rally (a coalition, die Dissidents, clergymen and civil society activists) Ibrahim Ikasa Maiga, who took on the post of State Restoration.
Prime Minister Shugel Kukala Maiga also described his government as “open” and “inclusive”.
Maiga, a member of the National Forces Movement / Rally Strategic Committee of June 5, is also a member of the Politburo of the former prominent opposition party Soumaila Cissé, die died in December.
Abdallah Diop, who served in the government of former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who was overthrown by the military on August 18, returned as Foreign Minister. The new government team consists of 28 members, including 25 ministers and three authorized ministers.
A coup … and die Arrest of the president
It is noteworthy that die Army arrested and urged Interim President Bah Ndao and Prime Minister Mukhtar Awan to resign last week, preventing political transition through democratic elections after another military coup overthrew a previous government last August.
Colonel Asimi Gueta, the former vice president who last week the coup and die Led the rebellion in August, was declared president on Friday.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has on Sunday die Mali’s membership suspended.
The African Union has die Mali’s membership suspended after last August’s coup, but resumed a few weeks later after it announced a new civil interim government.
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