Mali junta leader declares himself President in second military coup in nine months

Col Assimi Goïta has taken power from Bah Ndaw after the 2021 Malian coup d’état (PHOTO /Courtesy)

The head of the former junta in Mali, Col Assimi Goïta, has declared himself the country’s transitional president, after stripping the country’s interim president and former prime minister of their powers.

President Bah Ndaw and the Prime Minister Moctar Ouane have now been released from military detention.

They were taken to a military base late on Monday in what was seen as Mali’s second military coup in nine months.

The move followed a cabinet reshuffle in which two army officers involved in the previous coup lost their jobs.

Col Goïta complained that the ex-president had failed to consult him about the new cabinet.

The situation in Mali today is said to be tense but calm.

Colonel Assimi Goïta is a military officer and the leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, a military junta that seized power from former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in the 2020 Malian coup d’état.

He later took power from Bah Ndaw after the 2021 Malian coup d’état.

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