Moussa Mara named Prime Minister


President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appointed Moussa Mara as Prime Minister after the sudden and unexplained resignation of Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly. A routine Cabinet meeting was held on Thursday (3rd April) with no indication from the Prime Minister that he was about to hand in his resignation.

Moussa Mara (39) is leader of Yalema (The Change) which has two of the 160 seats in Mali’s National Assembly. In 2009 he became Mayor of Bamako IV municipality and in 2013 he stood in the presidential election coming 11th with 1.5% of the vote. From September 2013 he was Minister of Planning and Urban Policy before being made Prime Minister yesterday.

You can read his biography in French on his website here.

The full release of the appointment as published by the Presidential office (translation by us from French) is as follows:

“Pursuant to Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Mali, HE Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic, Head of State, ended the functions of Mr Oumar Tatam Ly, Prime Minister, Head of Government, on the presentation by him of the resignation of the government of the Republic, April 5, 2014.

Under the provisions of that article, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appointed by decree 2014-0249/p-RM on April 5, 2014, Mr. Moussa Mara as Prime Minister, Head of Government and asked him to form a new government.

Ministers of the outgoing government remain responsible for caretaker work until the establishment of a new government.

Bamako April 5, 2014
The Secretary General
Toumani Djimé Diallo”

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