Mali pronounces coup leader Colonel Goita pronounced interim president

Obinwannem News Mali pronounces coup leader Colonel Goita pronounced interim president

Following the resignation of President Bah N’Daw, his Vice President Assimi, Goita, was constitutionally declared the new transitional President of Mali.

This announcement confirms that the head of the junta, that led the coup against Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) on August has now taken control of the executive branch.

The judgement stipulated that Goita would “exercise the functions of transitional president to lead the transition process to its conclusion; following the power changeover.

Obinwannem News had earlier reported

The constitutional court said it had made the decision, due to the “vacancy in the presidency,” following the resignation of care taker Bah Ndaw.

Soldiers detained N’Daw and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, on Monday, before they regained their freedom on Thursday.

N’Daw and Ouane had led a transitional government tasked with steering the return to civilian rule after the coup last August, that toppled Mali’s elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Keita was forced out by young army officers, led by Goita, following mass protest over percieved corruption and his failure to quell a bloody Jihadist

Goita, was named Vice President with other key posts given to fellow army officers.

Goita on Friday, explained that the army had little choice but to intervene.

“We had to choose between disorder and cohesion, within the defense and security forces, and we choose cohesion,” he said.

Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | May 29, 2021

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