Mali coup leader sworn in as interim president

Assimi Goita, Mali junta leader

Mali’s Colonel Assimi Goita, following his second coup in nine months, was sworn into office on Monday as interim president despite international condemnation.

Following international pressure, the government installed after Goita’s first coup last August, pledged to reform the constitution by October, and stage elections by February 2022.

Now that Goita has ousted this first transitional administration to seize power again, Western diplomats will be listening carefully for confirmation that this is still the timetable in a country whose stability is crucial for the wider region.

The ambassadors themselves have stayed away from the investiture ceremony, the diplomat said.

Instead, they sent more junior envoys to the event.