Mali’s new president appoints a senior official from the opposition M5-RFP as prime minister

The new President of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goita, appointed Choguel Maiga, a high-ranking official of the opposition movement Grouping of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP), as Prime Minister on June 5th following the new coup in the African country last week.

The appointment of Maiga was announced by Goita by decree, according to the Malian state news agency AMAP, after rumors surfaced for several days of the prime minister’s possible exit from the M5-RFP.

Maiga, President of the M5-RFP Strategic Committee, applauded last week the “rectification” of the transition following the resignation of the President and Prime Ministers Bah Ndaw and Moctar Ouane, respectively, under pressure from the army after changing the composition of the new government.

Mali’s new president appoints a senior official from the opposition M5-RFP as prime minister
Mali’s new president appoints a senior official from the opposition M5-RFP as prime minister

He criticized “the indifference of the president” and “the immobility of the interim prime minister” and called for an “inclusive dialogue”. Maiga also criticized the decision of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to suspend the country from the body due to the new coup.

The trigger for the new crisis was Ouane’s recent resignation amid renewed opposition protests, after which Ndaw had reappointed him. On May 24, for example, he revealed the composition of the new government with the military in the most important departments, but without important personalities from the junta installed after the coup of then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.

After his arrest, Goita proceeded to be released a day later, arguing that the announcement by the new executive “presupposes an obvious will on the part of the transitional president and prime minister to address a violation of the transitional gazette, contrary to the oath they took during the term of office “. her investiture of September 25, 2020 “.

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