Mali’s interim prime minister to form new government

This photo taken on January 16, 2009, shows Mali's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Moctar Ouane waving prior a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi. - Former Malian foreign minister Moctar Ouane has been named prime minister by the country's president interim president Bah Ndaw, state television announced on September 27, 2020. (Photo by RAVEENDRAN / AFP) (Photo by RAVEENDRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Mali’s interim government is set to form a new “broad-based” cabinet, the presidency said on Friday, amid growing criticism of the army-dominated authorities in the Sahel state.

This photo taken on January 16, 2009, shows Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Moctar Ouane waving prior a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi. – Former Malian foreign minister Moctar Ouane has been named prime minister by the country’s president interim president Bah Ndaw, state television announced on September 27, 2020. (Photo by RAVEENDRAN / AFP) (Photo by RAVEENDRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Moctar Ouane resigned Friday but was immediately reappointed in order to carry out the reshuffle, according to a tweet from the office of the interim president.

“The prime minister has just started consultations,” said an advisor to the interim president who declined to be named. “He must form a broad-based government”.

Ouane was named prime minister after military officers in August ousted the elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who was under pressure for his handling of Mali’s jihadist insurgency.

Under the threat of international sanctions, the military handed power between September and October to a caretaker government, which pledged to reform the constitution and stage elections within 18 months.

But figures with army links dominate this body, and there is growing anger about their prominent role and the slowness of reforms.