Weeks after leading Mali’s second coup in nine months, Colonel Assimi Goita has named a new cabinet in the country’s transitional government, with military officers receiving the strategic ministries of defence, security and national reconciliation.
An announcement on national television on Friday said Colonel Sadio Camara, one of the leaders of the August 2020 coup that removed former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, had been restored as defence minister.
Goita, who was vice president in the transitional administration that was eventually formed after Keita’s overthrew, orchestrated in late May another coup that removed interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.
The colonel accused the pair of failing to consult him about a cabinet reshuffle that would have replaced Camara from his post, as well as Modibo Kone, who had been in charge of security.
Kone was not included in the new government lineup. Another colonel, Daoud Aly Mohammedine, was appointed security minister. Meanwhile, a man also named Modibo Kone was appointed environment minister, but a spokesperson for M5-RFP coalition, which had spearheaded months of protests against Keita before his overthrow, said he is a civilian and is not related to the colonel.