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Niger’s junta leader defies regional pressure, announces new cabinet amidst political crisis

August 10, 2023
Niger's junta leader defies regional pressure, announces new cabinet amidst political crisis
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Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani, leader of ‘s junta, has unveiled a new cabinet despite regional leaders' appeals to reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. The cabinet's announcement came via state TV at 00:30 GMT on Thursday.

Comprising 21 ministers, including two ministers of state and a delegate minister, the transitional government includes a blend of military and civilian figures.

Interim Prime Minister Lamine Zeine Ali Mahamane is at the helm, also taking charge of the economy and finance portfolio.

Lt Gen Salifou Mody, previously the chief of staff and viewed as Gen Tchiani's deputy, assumes the role of minister of national defence.

Col Maj Abdourahmane Amadou, a prominent voice delivering official statements on state TV since the July 26 coup, has been designated as the minister of .

The junta has already undertaken significant reshuffling, appointing new military leaders and dismissing several senior officials from Mr Bazoum's administration, underscoring the ongoing political turbulence in Niger.

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