Mohamed Ould Ghazouani on Thursday named Mohamed Ould Bilal as the country’s new prime minister.
According to local media, Bilal asked the Cabinet of his predecessor Ismail Ould Bedde Ould Cheikh Sidiya
to continue until a new government team is appointed.
Bilal’s appointment was announced in a statement from the presidency in the capital Nouakchott
following the resignation of his predecessor Ismail Ould Cheikh Sidiya and his entire government.
The political system in Mauritania has been rocked this year by a parliamentary investigation into alleged
corruption in the government of former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who stepped down last year
after a decade in power.
His close ally Mohamed Ould Ghazouani won the election to succeed him, but Abdel Aziz quickly found
his government’s actions,
including deals involving offshore oil projects, under scrutiny by parliament.
The investigators on Wednesday gave a report documenting their findings to the public prosecutor.
Several current ministers were questioned about suspected graft that occurred on their watch while serving in senior positions in Abdel Aziz’s government.