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Mali's new interim leader stands by handover, international accordsWorld

Mali's new interim leader stands by handover, international accordsWorld
Mali's interim president, Bah Ndaw, was sworn into office on Friday after last month's putsch, vowing to hand over power within 18 months, honour international accords and pursue the fight against jihadist insurgents.

Mali’s interim president, Bah Ndaw, was sworn into office on Friday after last month’s putsch, vowing to hand over power within 18 months, honour international accords and pursue the fight against jihadist insurgents.Ndaw, a 70-year-old retired colonel, was named interim president by a committee appointed by a military junta that toppled the elected head of state, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on August 18.Junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita, 37, was also sworn in as vice president of the interim government on Friday.The president of the ECOWAS commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, declared sanctions “will be lifted when a civilian prime minister is named.

On Thursday, former Nigerian president and ECOWAS mediator Goodluck Jonathan, had commented favourably on the upcoming swearing-in.Tensions generated by the conflict — as well as a dire economy, and corruption — contributed to mass protests against Keita, culminating in last month’s putsch.

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