Mali prime minister announces new government

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2012 3:34 PM

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's interim prime minister has chosen a new government with some top posts going to people close to the leader of this year's coup.

Interim Prime Minister Diango Cissoko's list was announced on state television Saturday evening.

Cissoko was appointed to his post on Tuesday after soldiers close to coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo arrested the previous prime minister.

Among the positions going to candidates considered close to the coup leader are the ministers of defense, interior security and justice.

Mali was thrown into political chaos when Sanogo and his soldiers overthrew the democratically elected president in March.

They promised to hand over power to an interim civilian government but have remained active in politics despite international condemnation. Radical Islamists used the power vacuum to gain control of northern Mali.