April 9, 2017 / 7:40 AM / 2 years ago

Mali's President Keita names defence minister as new PM - state TV

A still image taken from video shows Mali's then Defence Minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga speaking to the media at Gao hospital, in Mali, January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Reuters TV

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has replaced the West African nation’s prime minister, according to a decree read on state-owned television late on Saturday.

Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga - previously Mali’s defence minister - has replaced Modibo Keita, who served as prime minister since 2015.

Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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