Mali Gets Interim President After Military Coup

By Sunday Akintoye

A military officer who helped depose the president of Mali in a coup in August has announced that a retired colonel will lead the country as interim president until elections are held in 2022.

Malian soldiers abducted the former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and made him resign on state television.

Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States met with the coup plotters in an attempt to limit the period of time before the next elections were held and to insist that a military officer not lead the interim government.

The new president, Bah N’Daou, is both a retired military officer and a former defense minister who served under Mr. Keïta.

He also served as an aide to Mali’s former military dictator, Moussa Traoré.

Mr. N’Daou’s appointment was announced in a statement on Monday by Col. Assimi Goïta, who was the leader of the coup against Mr. Keïta and who will also serve as Mr. N’Daou’s vice president.

Both men were appointed by a group of 17 electors chosen by the coup leaders and will be sworn in on Friday.

Sunday Akintoye

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