Mali name veteran diplomat Moctar Ouane new prime minister

Mali's transitional President Bah Ndaw has named former Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as prime minister.

Ouane was Mali's permanent representative to the UN from 1995 to 2002 and later became a diplomatic adviser to the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).

A civilian premier was the precondition Ecowas to lift sanctions it imposed two days after the August 18 coup removing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, which the military government claimed inflicted no casualties.

The coup leader Col Assimi Goita had picked Mr Ndaw - who was inaugurated on Friday - to be the transitional president.

Correspondents say it still isn't clear how much power military officers will retain, especially after Col Goita was given the position of vice-president.

A veteran diplomat, Ouane, 64, served as Mali’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1995-2002, and as foreign minister from 2004-2009 during Amadou Toumani Toure’s presidency.

He has served as peace and security representative for the West African Monetary Union (WAMU) since 2016.

Members of Ouane’s government will be unveiled on Tuesday.