Civilian Appointed President by Mali Junta

The Malian junta that seized power in a military coup in August has granted the country’s interim presidency to a  civilian, part of conditions set by regional bloc Ecowas.

The National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), led by Col Assimi Goita, announced on Monday that it was appointing former Defence Minister Ba N’Daou as president of the  new transitional government.

Col Goita will service as Vice President.

The announcement came barely a week after the 15-member Economic Community of West African States took the decision.

The body has been involved in peace talks with key actors in the Mali political crisis, which reached a peak with the overthrow of the civilian administration by officers from the country’s armed forces, who formed the CNSP. 

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