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Mali court names coup leader Assimi Goita as interim president

Mali court names coup leader Assimi Goita as interim president

The colonel Assimi Goita who led a military coup in Mali this week is now officially the country’s leader. 

Following a week of turmoil in Mali, Constitutional Court published a judgement declaring that Colonel Assimi Goita was assuming the presidency. On Friday night, the judgement gives Colonel the power to head the interim government and “lead the transition process to its conclusion.”

According to the official statement, “the vacancy of the presidency of the transition following the resignation of Mr Bah N’Daw.”

On Wednesday, both President N’Daw and prime minister Moctar Ouane resigned from their positions. Following several days of detention, the two top official preferred to quit.

This week, in a coup staged by Col Goita, he quickly declared himself president. The trigger for the coup was the military’s anger over a cabinet reshuffle that saw two senior military officers stripped of their positions.

For the United Nations, mail remains a fragile state where last August, those military officers were part of a coup that ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office after nearly seven years. That power grabs nine months ago was also led by Goita.

It resulted in an interim government headed by transitional president N’Daw, who had served as defence minister from 2014 to 2015 and held several other military positions, with Goita assuming the vice presidency, The News Nigeria reports.