After a second military coup in Mali in less than a year, Colonel Assimi Goita, who seized power again this past week, told the news media that a new prime minister will be appointed within the next few days. 

The political chaos in the arid, violence-plagued country has Mali’s allies, who are there to help, questioning the coup leaders’ motives and the country’s direction. 

Mali’s Military Seeks Broader Support by Aligning With the Opposition

“In the coming days, the prime minister who will be appointed will carry out a broad consultation between the different factions,” Goita said in a press conference on Friday.

Goita will seek a broader support base by choosing a prime minister from the opposition M5 movement, a once-powerful group which the military shunted aside after August’s coup.