Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (AFP)
Prime Minister Modibo Keita will continue to lead the new government of 34 ministers, two more than the previous one.
to a presidential statement issued on Friday, Nina Wallet Intalou will
take up the post of minister of tourism and artisanal crafts.
is a member of the Coordination of Azawad Movements, a coalition of
autonomy-minded groups including ethnic Arabs and Tuaregs known by its
French language acronym CMA.
In 2012, Tuareg rebel groups seized
control of northern Mali, which they call Azawad. However,
al-Qaeda-linked militants took control shortly afterward. Then, France’s
military intervened in Mali, its former colony. Since the al-Qaeda’s
move, the impoverished West African country has been in turmoil.
On May 23, 2014, Tuareg rebels agreed to a ceasefire deal with the government.
United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in
Mali was deployed in July 2013 to bring calm. The mission, however, has
become a target for attacks since its deployment.
Eight other new
ministers will serve in the new government. Mamadou Ismael Konate, a
human-rights lawyer, will take the post of justice minister, and Mohamed
Ali Ag Ibrahim will be in charge of the newly-created ministry of