Mali’s Constitutional Court announced on Friday (30) that Assimi Goita, the colonel who led this week’s coup while serving as vice president. as the new interim president
The trial poses a risk as West African leaders prepare to meet on Sunday in response to the coup. which risks the transition to democracy and could undermine the regional struggle against Islamist militants.
Goita became interim vice president after leading a coup in August last year that toppled President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita. He ordered the arrest of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane on Monday.
The two resigned on Wednesday while still in detention. They were later released.
The court said in its ruling that Goita should fill the vacancies left by Ndaw’s resignation “to bring the transition process to a conclusion” and hold the position as “President of Change head of state”
The ruling brought Mali into conflict with the 15-Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which confirmed the changes. which is scheduled to end with elections in February. still leading civilians
After agreeing in October to lift sanctions after the coup against Keita, ECOWAS said in its announcement its vice president of change. “It cannot replace the president under any circumstances.”
ECOWAS heads of state are scheduled to meet in Ghana on Sunday.
They and the Western Powers including France and the United States. Fears the political crisis could exacerbate instability in northern and central Mali. It is a stronghold for Al Qaeda and IS’s regional network.
Goita, the 38-year-old special forces commander, was one of several colonels leading an anti-Keita coup. He ousted Ndaw after the acting president appointed a new cabinet that removed two other coup leaders from his posts.
last friday Goita said on national television that he would nominate a new prime minister from among members of the M5-RFP alliance, which led anti-Keita protests last year, and agreed with Ndaw and Ouane during the transition.
Jeamille Bitar, a member of the alliance, said the elect was Choguel Maiga, a former government minister.
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