As West African leaders prepare to respond to the Mali coup, the appointment of coup leaders increases the risk.
The Constitutional Court of Mali has appointed the colonel who led the military coup this week as the country’s new interim leader.
The ruling issued late Friday stated that Asimi Goita will “lead the transition process to the end” and enjoy the title of “transitional president and head of state.”
The court stated that the decision was made due to the “vacancy of the presidency” after the resignation of caretaker President Bah Ndaw.
38-year-old Goita, who was formerly Endow’s deputy, ordered the arrest of the former leader on Monday after the cabinet was reorganized and two soldiers were stripped of their ministerial positions.
Ndaw resigned during his detention on Wednesday and was later released.
Friday’s ruling increases the stakes, as West African leaders are preparing to meet on Sunday to decide how they will respond to the acquisition. Regional and Western governments worry that this may exacerbate instability in northern and central Mali and undermine Alzheimer’s The disease is related to the regional struggle of armed groups. -Al-Qaida and ISIL (ISIS).
Goita’s seizure of power is his second seizure in less than a year.
In August last year, the young colonel led a coup that overthrew Mali’s elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, in protest against what was considered corruption and the government’s failure to quell armed groups. But facing the threat of regional sanctions, Goita and other coup leaders agreed to hand over power to a transitional government that would guide the country to restore civil rule.
The colonel was subsequently appointed as the vice president of the interim government, and his comrades-in-arms were appointed to important cabinet positions.
At the time, the mediator from the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) insisted that the transition to Mali, which will end in February, was still led by civilians. The group stipulated in a joint statement that the vice president of the transition period “can not replace the president under any circumstances.”
The heads of state of ECOWAS are scheduled to meet in Ghana on Sunday.
Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reported from Bamako, the capital of Mali, that he said that Goita’s appointment as interim president “will take a long time.”
Huck said Monday’s detention of Ndaw dispelled any illusions about a civilian-led transition, and the Constitutional Court’s ruling made it clear that “the real strongman in Mali is Asimi Goita”.
“Before the announcement, Goita had been meeting with religious leaders, union leaders and opposition factions in order to unite them in support of his cause,” Haque said. “So the court’s ruling is not surprising.”
However, the correspondent added that Goita still has to deal with the imminent threat of regional sanctions.
Earlier on Friday, the colonel delivered his first public speech since his last seizure of power and said that the military had no choice but to intervene.
“We had to choose between chaos and cohesion within the defense and security forces, and we chose cohesion,” he said.
He added that he would appoint a new prime minister from among the members of the M5-RFP coalition, which led the protest against Keita last year and had a falling out with Ndaw and Ouane during the transition period.
Alliance member Jeamille Bitar (Jeamille Bitar) said that the candidate for the post will be the former government minister Choguel Maiga (Choguel Maiga).