Mali's Assimi Goita declared transitional president by Constitutional Court
Updated 09:24, 29-May-2021
Members of Mali's National Guard are seen at the Independence Square in Bamako, Mali, May 25, 2021. /CFP

Members of Mali's National Guard are seen at the Independence Square in Bamako, Mali, May 25, 2021. /CFP

Mali's Constitutional Court declared on Friday that Assimi Goita, who served as transitional vice president, is the West African nation's new transitional president.

In a decree published late Friday evening, the court said that given the vacancy following the resignation of Bah N'Daw, the transitional vice president should exercise the functions of transitional president to lead the transition process to its end.

According to Mali's Constitution, in the event of the vacancy of the presidency of the republic for any reason, the functions of the president should be exercised by the president of the National Assembly.

But given the vacant leadership position and the dissolution of the government, the Constitutional Court said that in accordance with the Transition Charter, the transitional vice president would be declared transitional president.

In the decree, a part of Bah N'Daw's resignation letter was quoted as saying, "I would like, at this precise moment, while thanking the Malian people for their support over the past few months, the warmth of their affection, to tell you my decision to leave my functions, all my functions from this moment, and with all the legal consequences."

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On Monday, then transitional president Bah N'Daw and then prime minister Moctar Ouane were taken by force to the Kati military camp following the transitional president's announcement of his appointment of members of the government on the proposal of the prime minister.

Colonel Goita, who was leader of the already dissolved National Committee for the Salvation of the People that overthrew then president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last year, criticized Bah N'Daw for having "accepted the resignation of the government and immediately reappointed the prime minister" in a "unilateral manner."

Goita also expressed his discontent toward N'Daw for not having consulted him on the choice of ministers in charge of defense and security.

Under the pressure of the international community, the military released N'Daw and Ouane on May 27 after they resigned.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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