Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw is Mali's new President

22nd September 2020

The brand new navy rulers who final month overthrew embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita named on Monday former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw president of a transitional authorities, tasking him with main the nation to elections. Colonel Assimi Goita, head of the group of troopers behind the August 18 coup, was appointed vice chairman.

The announcement, made on state tv on the eve of the sixtieth anniversary of the proclamation of the impartial Republic of Mali, marked the most recent twist in a deepening saga with main implications for a fragile nation on the coronary heart of the battle in opposition to armed teams within the wider Sahel area.

It was not instantly clear whether or not the appointment of the 70-year-old Ndaw would please the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) regional bloc, which for weeks now has been pushing for a transition to civilian rule. Fearing that the unconstitutional switch of energy could set an instance domestically and compromise worldwide efforts to comprise the worsening safety disaster that has unfold past Mali’s borders, regional leaders have sought to strain the navy authorities by slicing off cash flows and imposed sanctions.

There was no instant response by France to the announcement in regards to the new authorities, which is to be inaugurated on September 25.

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