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Mali: Coup Leader Assimi Goita Sworn In As New President

Colonel Assimi Goita, the leader of Mali’s junta, on Monday was sworn in as the new president of the West African country.

Goita declared himself President last week, days after toppling the transitional leader Bah Ndaw from power, a second coup in nine months.

He accused Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane of appointing a new cabinet without consulting him.

Last August, Goita with a band of young soldiers, removed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power, capitalizing on weeks of street protests and frustration among frontline troops.

Mali has since been suspended by the African Union and regional bloc ECOWAS.

France has also halted its military campaign helping the Sahel country fight militant insurgents, but the military have the support of the people.

While the new coup threatens to derail Mali’s transition back to civilian rule, Goita has vowed to hold elections according to the old schedule.

On Friday, hundreds rallied in Bamako to drum support for the army, denouncing international pressure against Goita and his cabinet.

Goita faces the responsibility of fighting off jihadists and reclaiming territories occupied by the Islamic terrorists, while building the impoverished country’s economy.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: Africanews | DW | News Agencies | Imago/Xinhua

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