Mali’s Transitional President Goita Appoints A New Prime Minister

Colonel Assimi Goïta [Photo: Aljazeera]

Mali’s transitional president Colonel Assimi Goïta has appointed Choguel Kokalla Maïga as the country’s new prime minister.

Maiga is chairman of the strategic committee of the 5th June-Rally of Patriotic Forces movement.

The movement took part in overthrowing former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta last year in August.

The former prime minister Moctar Ouane and former transitional president Bah Ndaw resigned last week after another coup.

Colonel Goïta who was the vice-president at the time accused them of violating the transitional agreement after a cabinet reshuffle.

The regional bloc Ecowas has suspended Mali and asked the military to adhere to the transition timelines towards elections next year.

It also suspended Mali and called for a return to a civilian government.

The 15-nation bloc has also warned of re-imposing sanctions on the country, as has the United States and France.

There are also fears that the sanctions will further de-stabilize the Mali which has been battling armed groups since 2012.

Mali has had two coups in the last nine months.

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