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Niger junta forms new government with 21-man cabinet

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The military leaders in Niger who seized power in a coup last month have formed a new government, according to a decree read out on national television on Thursday.

Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine will lead the 21-member government, with generals from the new military governing council heading the defence and interior ministries.

According to the military leaders in a broadcast on Thursday, the new government is backed by a decree read out on the country’s national television on Thursday.

Mahamane Roufai Laouali, identified as the “Secretary General of the Government”, read out 21 names on television without specifying any further plans.

Three coup leaders have been named ministers of defence, interior and sports in the government, which is about half the size of the previous one.

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