Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw has named former Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as prime minister, opening the way for the country’s neighbours to lift sanctions imposed after its August military coup. Al Jazeera reports that 64 year-old Ouane served as Mali’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1995-2002, and as foreign minister from 2004-2009, having also served as peace and security representative for the West African Monetary Union since 2016. Ndaw himself is a former colonel and defence minister, and was sworn in before Mali’s supreme court on Friday with military government chief Assimi Goita as his deputy. Members of Ouane’s government will reportedly be unveiled on Tuesday.