Colonel Assimi Goita of Mali has been sworn in as the country’s transitional president on Monday in a ceremony at the International Conference Centre in Bamako, the capital city.
Colonel Goita ordered the arrests and overthrew Mali’s Interim President, Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane in May for not informing him about the details of a cabinet reshuffle, which he alleged violated the transitional charter. Both later resigned while in custody.
It was the second coup in nine months the country was experiencing.
He promised to conduct the elections as scheduled by the previous government.
The new political crisis caused the suspension of Malis’s membership from Economic Community of West-African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU). France, Mali’s former colonial power had also halted its joint military operations with the country.
Goita, 38, a Special Forces commander said he would oversee a transition toward democratic elections as he was sworn in as interim president on Monday.
Goita served as Mali’s vice president under the transitional government, formed in September last year, which pledged to reform the constitution by October and hold elections in February next year.