Mali coup: 70-year-old retired colonel sworn in as interim president

Mali coup: 70-year-old retired colonel sworn in as interim president

- Former defence minister Bah Ndaw has been sworn in as Mali's new interim president

- The former colonel was appointed by the military junta to head a transitional government

- Colonel Assimi Goita, who led a coup against the former president, was sworn in as Mali's vice president

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Following a political crisis that graduated into a coup in Mali, retired Colonel Bah Ndaw was on Friday, September 25, sworn in as the country's interim president during a ceremony in Bamako, Reuters reports.

This is coming five weeks after Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was forced out of the presidency as the political imbroglio that polarised Mali hit the climax on Tuesday, August 18.

Junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita, who led a coup against the former president, was also sworn in as the vice president.

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Until Mali's elections take place, the former defence minister has been tasked with heading an 18-month transition back to civilian rule following the military coup.

Mali coup: 70-year-old retired colonel sworn in as interim president
70-year-old Bah Ndaw has been sworn in as interim president of Mali. Photo credit: BBC
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In another report by BBC, Ndaw's appointment as a civilian president was a condition for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift the sanctions it imposed on the country after the coup.

It would be recalled that the ECOWAS gave an ultimatum to the military junta that sacked Mali democratic order to return power to the people.

The 15 leaders constituting ECOWAS, in a unanimous statement, said the junta had till Tuesday, September 15, to elect a new president and prime minister who will be civilians.

The West African body had cut economic ties with Mali and closed its land and air borders against the country following a bloodless mutiny that sacked Keita from his position amid rising political tensions.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the United Nations and the African Union (AU) condemned the action by the mutinous soldiers in Mali which led to the detention and eventual ouster of Keita as the president of Mali

The AU had demanded the release of Keita and other top government officials detained by mutinous soldiers in an apparent coup attempt.

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