Mali’s Moctar Ouane attends the foreign ministers meeting in Algiers in, 2010. File picture: Louafi Larbi/Reuters
Mali’s Moctar Ouane attends the foreign ministers meeting in Algiers in, 2010. File picture: Louafi Larbi/Reuters

Veteran diplomat Moctar Ouane named as interim Mali prime minister

By Reuters Time of article published Sep 27, 2020

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Bamako - Former foreign minister Moctar Ouane was named as Mali's interim prime minister, state television said on Sunday, a move likely to trigger the lifting of sanctions imposed by the West Africa regional bloc in the aftermath of the military coup last month.

A veteran diplomat, Ouane, 64, served as Mali's ambassador to the United Nations in 1995-2002, and as foreign minister in2004-2011. The bloc had demanded a civilian leader be installed as a condition for lifting the sanctions.

Ouane's appointment comes two days after retired colonel Bah Ndaw was sworn in as the country's president, and coup-leader Colonel Assimi Goita as vice president.

The men will be tasked with overseeing an 18-month transition back to civilian rule after the Aug. 18 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

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