On September 28, Mali’s Interim President Ba N’dou named former Malian foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as the Prime Minister in the country. This move could pave the way for lifting of sanctions by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
ECOWAS has said that it will not lift the sanctions on Mali, until it appoints a civilian Prime Minister. The sanctions “will be lifted when a civilian prime minister is named”, ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou said a few days earlier.
A couple of days ago, Bah Ndaw was sworn in Mali’s new President five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw, was picked by the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections, which are expected in 18 months.