Bah N’Daw, a 70-year-old former colonel and retired air force officer, was sworn in on Friday as Mali’s president following a coup last month.
His inauguration comes after the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), led by Col Assimi Goita, announced on Monday that it was appointing former Defense Minister Bah N’Daou as president of the new transitional government in Mali for several months before a return to civilian power. The junta named Goita himself interim vice president.
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that the sub-regional body will not lift the sanctions imposed on Mali until the leaders of the country comply with the decisions taken by the Heads of State and Government at the meeting held in Accra, Ghana, last week.
ECOWAS, or the Economic Community of West African States slapped sanctions on Mali on August 20 to push for the swift restoration of a civilian government, including the appointment of civilians as interim president and prime minister, the ECOWAS Mediator, Dr. Jonathan, stated this at a press briefing in Bamako on Friday.
Mali’s Interim President, has told Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan that he is ready to make any sacrifice that will bring peace to his troubled nation.
The West African bloc, also wants the release of all detainees. Keita was released, but former prime minister Boubou Cisse, among other officials, are still in jail.
Mali’s neighbors are worried the former French colony of some 19 million people could spiral into chaos.
The trade restrictions include a ban on commercial trade and financial flows, but not on basic necessities, drugs, equipment to fight the coronavirus pandemic, fuel or electricity.