Mali court appoints Coup Leader, Assimi Goita as interim president

Mali’s constitutional court has named the colonel who led a military coup this week as the country’s new interim leader.


The ruling, issued late on Friday, said Assimi Goita would “lead the transition process to its conclusion” and carry the title of “president of the transition, head of state”.

The court said it had made the decision due to the “vacancy in the presidency” following the resignation of caretaker President Bah Ndaw.


Goita, 38, was previously Ndaw’s deputy, and had ordered the former leader’s arrest on Monday following a cabinet reshuffle that stripped two soldiers of their ministerial posts.


Ndaw resigned while in detention on Wednesday and was later released.

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