Mali’s President Makes Public Appearance For The First Time, Meet Fmr. President Jonathan

A retired colonel, Bah Ndaw, who has been appointed as Mali’s interim president, after a coup was successfully staged last month, made his first public appearance today, on, September 24, meeting a regional mediator.

Today, 70-Year-old Ndaw, met with⁶ former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, in Bamako on a mission for the 15-nation bloc ECOWAS, on the eve of his swearing-in.

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Ndaw’s appointment was announced on Monday, September 21, by Colonel Assimi Goita, who heads a junta of young military officers who seized power on August 18, ousting elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Recall that the Interim President, Bah Ndaw was announced as President just few days ago, while Goita himself will serve as vice president, under the announcement

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The interim president is expected to lead for nothing more thab18 months before staging nationwide elections.

The Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS, had threatened Mali on August 20 to push for the swift restoration of the civilian government, including the appointment of civilians as interim president and prime minister.

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The bloc may announce on Friday whether the plan meets criteria for easing sanctions, Jonathan said on Thursday.

Jonathan and his delegation met on Thursday with Goita and other officers in military uniform, as well as with Ndaw, AFP reporters saw.



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