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Several Top Ministers Keep Posts in New Niger Cabinet

Niger President Mamadou Tandja has approved Prime Minister Seyni Oumarou's new cabinet, with several top ministers returning to posts they held before a no-confidence vote toppled the previous government last month.

Prime Minister Oumarou took office this week after Niger's parliament voted out Prime Minister Hama Amadou's government on May 31. Mr. Amadou's opponents accused him of complicity in a corruption scandal in Niger's education ministry.

Two former education ministers have gone to jail since an audit found hundreds of thousands of dollars were missing.

Among those keeping their seats in the 31-member cabinet announced Saturday are the Foreign Minister Aichatou Mindaoudou, Interior Minister Albade Abouba and Economy and Finance Minister Ali Mahamane Lamine Zeine.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.