Military officers receive the strategic ministries of defense, security and national reconciliation.
Weeks after leading Mali’s second coup in nine months, Colonel Assimi Goita has appointed a new cabinet to the country’s transitional government, with military officers receiving strategic ministries of defense, security and national reconciliation.
An announcement on national television on Friday said Colonel Sadio Camara, one of the leaders of the August 2020 coup that ousted former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, had been restored as defense minister.
Goita, who was vice chairman of the transitional administration that was finally formed after the overthrow of Keita, orchestrated another coup in late May that ousted interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.
The colonel accused the couple of failing to consult him about a cabinet reshuffle that would have replaced Camara in office, 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, was appointed Minister of Security.
Goita, who was vice president of the previous transitional government, was sworn in as interim president this week despite the international condemnation of last month’s coup.
The African Union and the regional bloc of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of 15 countries have suspended Mali, while France, which has thousands of troops stationed in the war-torn country, has also suspended cooperation. military.
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his plans kill 5,100 people in his country military operation fighting armed groups throughout the Sahel region of West Africa.
A new government has been announced on Mali’s national television, the best way to describe it: Same, but different
– Nicolas Haque (@nicolashaque) June 11, 2021
Nicolas Jque, of Al Jazeera, who has reported extensively on Mali, said many of the cabinet members were “known names” as they were members of the military government.
“A new face is Abdoulaye Diop, who will be the foreign minister,” Haque said. “It will have the hard task of rebuilding relations with international actors, especially ECOWAS, which has subjected Mali to sanctions and suspended the country from the union, but the most important thing is to re-establish the connection with France.”
Goita has appointed a civilian prime minister, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, in line with international demands, and said he would hold elections in February 2022.