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Mali’s designated interim president makes first public appearance

Mali’s designated interim president 
makes first public appearance

AFP
Bamako
Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel who has been designated Mali’s interim president following last month’s coup, made his first public appearance on Thursday, meeting a regional mediator, AFP reporters saw.
Ndaw, 70, met former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, in Bamako on a mission for the 15-nation bloc ECOWAS, on the eve of his swearing-in.
Ndaw’s appointment was announced on Monday by Colonel Assimi Goita, who heads a junta of young military officers who seized power on August 18, ousting elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Goita himself will serve as vice president, under the announcement.
The interim president will rule for a maximum of 18 months before staging nationwide elections.
ECOWAS -- the Economic Community of West African States -- slapped sanctions on Mali on August 20 to push for swift restoration of civilian government, including the appointment of civilians as interim president and prime minister.
The bloc may announce on Friday whether the plan meets criteria for easing sanctions, Jonathan said on Thursday.

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