Court has declared Mali’s coup leader as interim President.
Gatekeepers News reports that Mali’s constitutional court on Friday declared Assimi Goita, a military coup leader, as the nation’s new interim President.
Goita would “lead the transition process to its conclusion” and carry the title of “president of the transition, head of state,” the court declared.
The court’s decision follows the “vacancy in the presidency” after President Bah Ndaw who was arrested by the Military on Monday, resigned on Wednesday while he was in detention. Although he has been freed now.
Ndaw was arrested on Goita’s order after a cabinet reshuffle that saw two of the Junta officers that ousted Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August, removed from their posts.
Gatekeepers News reports that Goita, who led the coup in August against former Malian President Keita, said Ndaw had breached the transitional charter by failing to consult him, being his Vice President, about the new cabinet.
Friday’s verdict backs the 38-year-old Goita’s power grab for the second .time in less than a year.
Meanwhile, West African leaders are to meet on Sunday to decide how they would respond to the takeover.