Bah Ndaw sworn in as Mali’s interim president after coup
Published: 10:07 PM, 25 September 2020
Bah Ndaw sworn in as Mali’s interim president; Photo: EPA
Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel and former defense minister, has been sworn in as Mali’s interim president, a month after a military coup overthrew former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Besides, coup leader Colonel Assimi Goita was also sworn in as the interim vice president during a ceremony on Friday held in the capital, Bamako.
Ndaw’s appointment was announced earlier this week by Goita. The country’s interim president will rule for a maximum of 18 months before nationwide elections.
Al Jazeera reported that Bah Ndaw, who was also the head of the country’s air force, took the oath in front of several hundred military officers, political leaders and diplomats.
In a speech, Ndaw said he would crackdown on corruption, one of the main complaints against Keita’s government, and stamp out abuses by Mali’s armed forces against civilians.
“Mali has been shaken, trampled on and humiliated by its own children, by us,” he said, promising for a stable, calm and successful transition and uphold Mali’s international commitments.
Source: Al Jazeera