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Country Report Mali

  • ID: 2138674
  • January 2015
  • Region: Mali
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (commonly known as IBK), has named a new government following the appointment of Modibo Keïta (no relation to the president) as prime minister on January 8th.

In the new cabinet, the president's Rassemblement pour le Mali (RPM) party has reinforced its dominance of the government machine. Although the prime minister himself is not a member of the RPM, the party now holds 14 of the 29 ministerial posts, while a further seven portfolios have gone to its allies, and the remaining eight are held by individuals who are viewed as personally close to the president.

The new government can be seen as a more traditional team, with civil-society figures, younger politicians and free-thinking reformers pushed out to make room for experienced party heavyweights. Modibo Keïta himself has a long career within the Malian administration. The prime minister also has a thorough understanding of the issues at play in northern Mali, having served hitherto as IBK's representative at the peace negotiations in the Algerian capital, Algiers. The government's credibility in addressing Tuareg concerns should be reinforced by the return to ministerial office of Mohamed Ag Erlaf, a one-time Tuareg rebel who served under a former president, Alpha Oumar Konaré, and later acted as a presidential envoy to Tuareg armed groups.

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