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World Mali: Moctar Ouane appointed Prime Minister of the transition

21:40  27 september  2020
21:40  27 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Moctar Ouane a déjà été ministre des Affaire étrangères du Mali. Ici en mars 2008 à Bamako. © GEORGES GOBET / AFP Moctar Ouane was previously Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali. Here in March 2008 in Bamako.

In Mali, the president of the transition Bah N'Daw signed a decree appointing the Prime Minister. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Moctar Ouane is appointed to the post of head of government.

With our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel

Two days after the swearing-in ceremony of transitional president Bah N'Daw, Mali knows its civilian prime minister. "Moctar Ouane, appointed Prime Minister", this is what the decree signed by the president of the transition Bah N’Daw said on Sunday, September 27. Since 2016, it should be noted that the all-new Prime Minister was Delegate for Peace and Security at the Commission for the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) in Ouagadougou. According to our information, he met on Saturday evening officials of the junta, as well as the transitional president to whom he gave his agreement to occupy the post of Prime Minister.

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He is an independent man, his relatives describe him as very picky about principles. It also has an address book. The man was also a former representative of Mali to the United Nations and diplomatic advisor to the presidency. Like the interim president, he believes that we cannot do everything in 18 months. Moctar Ouane therefore has priorities: the organization of transparent elections, and taking action to participate in the re-foundation of the State. According to those around him, he intends to work with the interim president and ensure that the judiciary is independent with the appropriate means.

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Several political figures of this movement felt that this post should be theirs given their contribution to the departure of IBK. But it was only on Saturday morning that the coalition was received by the junta to present its candidatures for the post, at a time when the negotiations which led to the appointment of Moctar Ouane were already well advanced. In addition, they had presented 14 candidates which, even internally, did not leave much hope of seeing one of them chosen. All eyes are now on ECOWAS, the West African community had promised to lift the sanctions that have weighed for more than a month on the Malian economy in the event of the announcement of a civilian prime minister.

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