Mali's new transitional prime minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga set an ambitious roadmap on Sunday towards a return to civilian power in February 2022
The new transitional prime minister in Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, assembled his government for the first time on Sunday.
The meeting was to set as priorities for the West African nation, i.e. "the improvement of security, political and institutional reforms" -- plus the organization of highly anticipated credible elections to return civilians to power in February 2022.
He takes office at a time when the country has been caught up in jihadist turmoil and violence of all kinds for years. The security crisis goes hand in hand with serious political and social crises.
The Malian Prime Minister addressed his government:
In Mali Friday a new government has been formed.
It sees the military -- which staged two coup d’états in nine months, in charge of the West African nation's key ministries.
At its head -- albeit facing criticism of his position’s legitimacy, transitional president Colonel Assimi Goïta, who was sworn in on Monday.
Ministerial positions of defence, security, interior and national reconciliation are all occupied by military personalities -- some of whom held these titles at the time they were also leaders of the August 18 2020 coup that removed then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Namely, Colonel Major Ismaël Wagué who remains the Minister of National Reconciliation and Colonel Sadio Camara -- who is back as Defence Minister after being ousted in late May by the since rece...
A "profound transformation" of the presence in the Sahel of the French military Barkhane forces.
This will include the closure of French army bases and the establishing of the international anti-jihadist alliance, as announced on Thursday by the president of France Emmanuel Macron.
"We will initiate a profound transformation of our military presence in the Sahel, the modalities and timetable of which will be specified in the coming weeks, I will do so by the end of June, and I will initiate this work in the coming days.
"It will involve the transition to a new framework, that is to say, the end of the operation Barkhane, as an external operation for the implementation of an operation of support.
"Support of cooperation to the arms of the countries of the region that wish it, a...
The head of Mali's junta is expected to be sworn in on Monday as the west African country new President.
Last week, Colonel Assimi Goita declared himself President, days after removing transitional leader Bah Ndaw from power.
He accused Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane of appointing a new cabinet without consulting him
It was the second seizure of power masterminded by Goita in under a year. Last August, he lead a group of young soldiers who moved against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, capitalizing on weeks of street protests and frustration among frontline troops.
Mali has since been suspended by the African Union and regional bloc ECOWAS.
France has also halted its military campaign helping the Sahel country fight militant insurgents.
The new coup threat...
The French government has suspended its joint military operations with forces in Mali on Thursday after the second coup d’etat in its former colony within nine months.
The French Defense Ministry said the decision, taken after consultation with Mali’s authorities and military, would be reassessed in the coming days.
“Requirements and red lines have been set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union to clarify the framework for the political transition in Mali,” the statement said.
“While awaiting these guarantees, France has decided to suspend, as a temporary measure, joint military operations with Malian forces.”
It is currently unclear whether the move means French troops would remain in the West African nation until a fresh decision...
West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Sunday suspended Mali's membership in response to last week's coup and said authorities must stick to a timetable for a return to democracy, but stopped short of imposing new sanctions.
Leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States held an emergency summit in Ghana's capital Accra to agree a response to the Malian military's ouster of a president and prime minister for the second time in nine months.
Mali's neighbours and international powers fear the latest revolt will jeopardise a commitment to hold a presidential election next February, and undermine a regional fight against Islamist militants.
In a communique after the summit, ECOWAS said Mali's membership in the bloc was suspended with immediate effect.
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