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.
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.