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Zeine Lamine: Niger Junta Appoints New Prime Minister

Following the coup on July 26, former finance minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine has been appointed as the new prime minister by Niger junta commander Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani.

Mahamadou Ouhoumoudou, who was away in Europe during the coup, is replaced by Zeine.

From 2001 until the army overthrew the late former President Mamadou Tandja in 2010, Mr. Zeine, who is believed to be in his 50s, served as cabinet director and finance minister.

A junta spokeswoman delivered a statement announcing his appointment on the public television network Télé Sahel on Monday night.

In recent years, Zeine has reportedly worked for the African Development Bank in Gabon, Ivory Coast, and Chad, according to the independently owned ActuNiger news website.

Along with appointing Brig. Gen. Amadou Didilli as the nation’s High Authority for Peace Consolidation (HACP) leader and Brig. Gen. Abou Tague Mahamadou as the inspector general of the army and national gendarmerie, the junta made these appointments on Monday.

It designated Lt Col Habibou Assoumane as the commander of the presidential guard and Col Ibro Amadou Bachirou as the junta leader’s personal chief of staff.

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