Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw has named Moctar Ouane as prime minister. He served in the government of Mali as Minister of Foreign Affairs from May 2004 to April 2011.
Ouane, 64, also served as Mali’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 1995 to 2002 and later as a diplomatic adviser to ECOWAS.
Meanwhile, Ndaw was sworn in Friday before Mali’s supreme court with junta chief Colonel Assimi Goita as his deputy, placing Goita in charge of defence and security issues.
The appointment on Sunday opens the way for Mali’s neighbours to lift sanctions imposed by ECOWAS.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is a bloc made up of 15 member nations, had closed the borders to Mali and stopped financial flows to put pressure on the military junta to swiftly return to a civilian government.
ECOWAS is also seeking the release of all detainees from last month’s coup, which saw Mali’s president at the time, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, detained. Though Keita was subsequently released, others, including former prime minister Boubou Cisse, are still in jail.