Mali: Interim president Bah Ndaw to be sworn into office today

Mali’s new president, Bah Ndaw will be sworn into office today, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

Mr Ndaw, a former defence minister, was picked by the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held.

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Colonel Goita will be his vice-president.

The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the West African regional group, Ecowas, to lift the sanctions it imposed on Mali after the coup.

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