Mali leader appoints protest leader as new PM

Choguel Kokalla Maïga is a leader of the M5-RFP movement that led protests against President Keïta last year

Mali’s transitional President Col Assimi Goïta has named Choguel Kokalla Maïga as the country’s new civilian prime minister.

Mr Maïga is a leader of the M5 RFP movement, the group which led anti-government protests last year over rising insecurity, alleged corruption and a failing economy.

The discontent resulted in the army overthrowing Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta as president last August.

A civilian-led transitional government was set up, but its prime minister and president were ousted last month by Col Goïta.

He was vice-president at the time and accused them of violating the transitional agreement after a cabinet reshuffle which saw two senior army officers replaced.

The African Union and the West African bloc Ecowas have both suspended Mali, calling for a return to civilian rule and elections to be held as planned next February.

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