Mali’s junta leader Colonel Assimi Goïta was officially sworn in as interim president of the troubled country and promised “credible, fair and transparent elections” that are expected in February next year, reports AFP.
The African Union also suspended Mali’s membership.
But on Monday, Goita assured that Mali will respect its commitments to the international community and expressed its desire to organize “credible, fair and transparent elections within the scheduled deadlines”, that is, February 2022.
“I would like to assure subregional and regional organizations and the wider international community that Mali will honor all its commitments for and in the best interest of the nation,” he said after his inauguration as transitional president.
Goita is expected to nominate as his prime minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga, a former minister and member of the M5 protest movement, which helped oust former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last August following massive protests over perceived corruption and a bloody insurgency. jihadist.
The M5 remained on the sidelines of the post-coup administration dominated by the army, describing the transitional government as a “military regime in disguise”.
But there has been a remarkable rapprochement between the group and the army since the May 24 coup.
Maiga, 63, insisted on Friday that his country will meet its international obligations and also paid tribute to the French troops who died in the country.