Mali Transitional Govt Names Civilian as Interim Prime Minister

Former Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane has been appointed as Mali's new prime minister by the country's interim government. The choice of a civilian for the role is likely to pave the way for Mali's neighbours to lift sanctions imposed after a military coup on August 18. The new interim President Bah N'Daw, a retired colonel, was earlier sworn in as transitional president while Colonel Assimi Goita, the head of the junta that staged the coup, was installed as vice president. The three government heads are to lead the interim government until an election in 18 months. Ouane served in the Malian government as minister of foreign affairs from May 2004 to April 2011.

Moctar Ouane, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali, addresses the general debate of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly on September 28, 2010.

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