Panafrican News Agency

Malian PM to unveil members of new transitional gov't

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - After his meeting with the ECOWAS mediator for Mali and former Nigerian president, Dr. Goodluck Janathan, the Malian Prime Minister, Choguel Kokalla Maïga, announced on Wednesday that a publication of the composition of the government will be made "at the latest next Sunday".

Maiga told reporters after the meeting in Bamako with the Jonathan-led delegation of the Economic Community of West African States, in Bamako that "Unless otherwise advised by the President of the Transition, we intend, by Sunday at the latest, to unveil to Malians the composition of the new government."

The Prime Minister said he reaffirmed to the ECOWAS delegation "the firm will of the transition authorities to install good governance.

He added, "we intend to restore the confidence of all Malians in this government and present our programme of action to them.

"In a maximum of six weeks, we will introduce ourselves to Malians, through the National Transitional Council (CNT), which will play the role of parliament, and outline the focal point of our government to fulfill the various commitments we have made."

According to him, "once the Malians have restored their full confidence in the transitional authorities, our partners, who are committed to supporting us, will come in."

He recalled that "ECOWAS has been by our side, at every stage, for almost 10 years to assist Mali", urging the sub-regional organization to plead with the international community to support Mali.

Until his appointment as Prime Minister, Kokalla was President of the strategic committee of the June 5 Movement-Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP).

The M5-RFP, made up of several opposition parties and civil society associations, is the brain behind the protest of June 5, 2020, against the former Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, ousted from power on August 18, 2020, following a military coup.

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