Niger has a new head of government, appointed by the newly elected head of state, Mohamed Bazoum. He is Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, appointed on Saturday 3 April.
In Niger, Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, was appointed Saturday, April 3, 2021 to the post of Prime Minister, announced the public television. Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou is the former director of cabinet of the outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou.
« Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic, signed today a decree appointing Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou as Prime Minister, » the government’s general secretariat said in a statement read out on Niger’s public television, adding that the new government will be formed « in the coming days.
Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou is a Hausa from the region of Tahoua (south-west, where Mahamadou Issoufou is also from). In 2012, he had to leave the Ministry of Finance after a scandal related to the irregular awarding of public contracts worth more than 10 billion CFA francs.
Elected deputy in the December 2020 legislative elections, twice minister, notably of Mines, Energy and Industry from 1991 to 1993, then of Finance from 2011 to 2012, Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou is very close to the party of former President Mouhamadou Issoufou, the Niger Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS).