© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Mohamed Bazoum of Niger photographed on September 14, 2013
NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger’s newly elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, appointed former minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou as prime minister to lead his government, according to a decree read on national television on Saturday night. Mahamadou until recently was the chief of staff of President Mahamadou Issoufou, Bazoum’s predecessor. Mahamadou, 69, first held a ministerial post in 1991 as Minister of Mines and Energy. He was Niger’s finance minister from 2011 to 2012, and was appointed chief of staff in 2015. Bazoum was sworn in on Friday in Niger’s first democratic transition of power since independence in 1960 after winning a runoff in the presidential elections of February.
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