Niger Military Junta Appoints New Prime Minister
Former Cabinet Member Assumes Key Role in Shaping Post-Coup Political Landscape
The military junta in Niger has officially named Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, a former economy minister, as the nation’s new prime minister.
The declaration was broadcasted late on Monday evening through a spokesperson representing the military junta, revealing the appointment of Zeine as the country’s prime minister. This move follows closely on the heels of the military’s takeover of governmental control in Niger, which has been under intense global scrutiny.
Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine’s ascension to the position of prime minister is not without historical context. He had previously served within the cabinet of the then-president, Mamadou Tandja, who was toppled by the country’s military in 2010. This background underscores Zeine’s familiarity with the nation’s administrative intricacies.
Zeine takes over the role of prime minister from Mahamadou Ouhoumoudou, who was abroad in Europe during the coup that transpired. The shifting of leadership represents a key aspect of the military junta’s strategies for the political recalibration of the nation.
In parallel appointments, the military junta designated Amadou Didilli as the head of Niger’s High Authority for Peace Consolidation (HACP). Additionally, Abou Tague Mahamadou was named as the inspector-general of both the nation’s army and its national gendarmerie.
Further organizational shifts within the junta’s structure encompass the appointment of Ibro Amadou Bachirou as the private chief of staff for the junta’s leader. Similarly, Habibou Assoumane has been entrusted with the position of commander of the presidential guard.
These selections demonstrate the junta’s intention to realign its internal operations and command structure as it navigates the complex political dynamics that have emerged.
Remarkably, prior to his latest position as Niger’s head of state, Tiani had notably commanded the presidential guard unit, which held democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum under confinement since July 26.
Significantly, the regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), had issued a stern ultimatum to the coup instigators, urging them to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum or face the prospect of military intervention. This ultimatum reached its culmination on Sunday.
ECOWAS has since announced its intention to convene a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on the course of action to be adopted, reflecting the high-stakes diplomatic efforts to restore stability in Niger during this critical juncture.
As Niger continues to navigate its political transformation, all eyes are fixed on the evolving developments and decisions made by both the military junta and the international community, as the nation’s future hangs in the balance.