Mali’s new president, 70-year old former defense minister Bah Ndaw, sworn in following coup

Newly sworn in Mali’s president is 70-year old former defense minister Bah Ndaw. President Ndaw was inaugurated on Friday, five weeks after former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was overthrown by the army.

Ndaw was picked by the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections in 18 months. Colonel Goita himself is vice-president.

The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for

The West African regional group, Ecowas, had made the appointment of a civilian president a key requirement to lift the sanctions it imposed after the coup.

However, after Ndaw’s inauguration, ECOWAS officials said they would only lift the sanctions after a civilian prime minister was also appointed.

That requirement would mean in effect that the military would not take part in the government after leading the coup.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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