Col Assimi Goïta named transitional president in Mali
Colonel Assimi Goïta, the military coup leader in Mali, has been installed as transitional president by the country’s constitutional court.
The court explained that its decision followed the “vacancy in the presidency”.
Goïta had declared himself interim president on Wednesday, two days after seizing power, the second time.
Goita led the mutiny that ousted ex-President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.
Recall that Nigeria reacted with condemnation when the Interim President, Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane were detained by the military on Monday.
They were held along with Defence Minister, Souleymane Doucouré.
Goita, the former interim Vice President, said they were removed for violating the transition charter.
“We had to choose between disorder and cohesion within the defence and security forces, and we chose cohesion”, he defended his actions on Friday.
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