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Mauritanian President Introduces First Partial Amendment to Cabinet

Mauritanian President Introduces First Partial Amendment to Cabinet

Thursday, 23 January, 2020 - 10:00
People celebrate the presidential election victory by Mauritania's ruling party candidate Mohamed Ould el-Ghazouani in Nouakchott. (File photo: AFP)
Nouakchott - Al-Sheikh Mohamed

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould el-Ghazouani made on Tuesday a partial amendment to the government. The change which was described as a 'slight' came six months after Ghazouani was elected a president.

Under the the amendment, the minister of economic affairs and development changed posts with the governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania.

This was issued in two simultaneous decrees – the first decree appoints Sheikh Kabir Moulay Taher as governor while the second decree appoints Ould Dahi as the minister of economic affairs and development.

The posts' exchange was completed between the two officials who have been working for a long period in the central bank.

The new governor is an economist specialized in banking and has been in charge of several positions in the central bank – the latest post was deputy governor from 2014 till 2019. He was also a minister of employment and vocational training during the rule of former Mauritanian President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.

As for the new minister of economic affairs and development, he led huge reforms in the Mauritanian monetary system during his five years in the central bank. He also inserted essential amendments to the Mauritanian currency.

Ould Dahi occupied several positions, mainly as minister of public service, labor, and modernization of administration from 2007-2008. Before that, he was director of the Mauritania Internet Exchange Point (RIMIX) and chief executive of the National Health Insurance Fund.

Ould el-Ghazouani has shown a tendency to figures that are described as ‘technocrats’ especially that he has formed a government seen my many Mauritanians as a ‘government of expertise’.

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