Mali interim president sworn in, vows handover power within 18-month limit

Bamako – Mali’s interim president, Bah Ndaw, chosen to head a transitional government following a coup last month, was sworn in during ceremonies in the capital Bamako on Friday.

Speaking after being sworn in on Friday, Ndaw vowed to hand over power within a previously agreed 18-month limit.

He said in a speech he would strive for “a stable, calm and successful transition, in the agreed conditions and timeframe.”

Ndaw, a 70-year-ol retired colonel was appointed by the junta which seized power on 18 August, toppling President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

He is due to lead a transition government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president. The ceremony took place on Friday in a theatre filled with officials dressed in military fatigues, senior judges and foreign diplomats.

During the ceremony, Supreme Court Chief Prosecutor Boy Dembele said the challenges facing both men were “enormous”.

“It will truly require a reformulation of the state,” said the judge.

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