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Mali: New Transitional President Assimi Goita Pledges Holding Elections As Agreed

Mali’s new Colonel Assimi Goita has guaranteed that elections will hold next year, was as pressure mounts from international powers.

He was sworn in on Monday.

“I would like to solemnly declare, here and now, my firm determination to take up these challenges, but all this is only possible with the cohesion and solidarity that have always characterised our nation and which are being put to the test,” he said at a ceremony in Bamako.

“On the basis of the roadmap, it is a question of implementing the actions necessary for the success of the transition, particularly the organisation of credible, fair and transparent elections on the scheduled dates.

“I would like to reassure, in your name, the sub-regional and regional organisations and the international community in general that Mali will honour all its commitments for and in the best interests of the nation.”

Assimi led the coup that ousted former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office last August. On May 24, he deposed the transitional civilian president and prime minister for sacking senior members of the cabinet – mostly coup leaders – without informing him.

The action caused former colonial power France to suspend its cooperation with the military.

The African Union and ECOWAS also suspended Mali’s membership.

The world is watching to see if elections promised during the first coup in 2020 will hold.

The voting process is slated for February 2022.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: Africanews | Media Agencies

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