The new Nigerien president, Mohamed Bazoum, has appointed a government promoting the youth and expertise of its members.Bazoum has formed his team. After taking office on 1 April, he appointed his government on 7 April consisted of thirty-three ministers including five women.
The same day, Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, appointed at the end of last week, was sworn in before the MPs. He will lead the rest of the team that will have to conduct the policy of Mahamadou Issoufou’s successor.
His son, Mahamane Sani Mahamadou, campaign manager of President Bazoum, is promoted to Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies. He is reported to have studied brilliantly in the United States and Britain.
This appointment is in line with the new president’s policy. From now on, the management of public action will be ensured by “executives promoted on the basis of their technical skills and their morality,” he said in his inaugural speech.
Thus, in this first government, many young people are entering even if it marks its anchoring within the formations that make up the presidential movement, namely the Movement for National Renewal (MRN) which supported the candidacy of President Bazoum. The three main parties of this grouping took the lion’s share. The PNDS has 16 ministerial posts, the MPR five and the MNSD four.
But according to several observers, the government is, in addition to being renewed, more than 50 percent younger. In addition to Mahamane Sani Mahamadou, other young people have been appointed to head ministries such as Finance, Justice, Planning and National Education.