New Prime Minister Sets Priorities Towards Civilian Rule In 2022

Mali’s new transitional prime minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga sets an ambitious roadmap towards a return to civilian power in February 2022

The new transitional prime minister in Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, assembled his government for the first time.

The meeting was to set as priorities for the West African nation, that is the improvement of security, political and institutional reforms; plus the organization of highly anticipated credible elections to return civilians to power in February 2022.

He takes office at a time when the country has been caught up in jihadist turmoil and violence of all kinds for years. The security crisis goes hand in hand with serious political and social crises.

He said he wanted to carry out an “intelligent rereading” of the peace agreement signed in 2015 by an alliance of former Tuareg independence and Arab nationalist armed groups that had fought against Malian forces in the north from 2012, by the Malian government and by a coalition of armed groups loyal to the government.

Prime Minister Maiga also recognized just how critical of a serious undertaking the moves of the military-dominated interim government will be over the next 8 months in order to salvage Mali’s democracy after two coup d’états in nine months — both spearheaded by Colonel Assimi Goitia.

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