Oumar Tatam Ly appointed prime minister


President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appointed Oumar Tatam Ly as his first prime minister. The appointment comes the day after the new president was sworn in to office.

Oumar Tatam Ly was born in Paris on 28th November 1963 according to Maliweb. He is the son of a famous Malian writer and his mother was a diplomat and ambassador. He trained in France and is understood to have an economics degree. He joined the World Bank after he had completed his degree and then worked in the presidency as a project manager and then head of the office of analysis and forecasting.

Oumar Tatam Ly joined the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) in 1994 and became Director of the bank for Mali in 2008. Most recently he was the Special Adviser to the Governor of the bank.

His appointment fulfils one of the key pledges made by the president during his election campaign to appoint competent technocrats rather than make political appointments. The president is now expected to put the rest of his Cabinet in place.

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