Regional News • Africa
Mali appoints retired colonel Bah Ndaw as interim president

After the military coup that deposed former president Boubacar Keïta, Mali appointed the Bah Ndaw as interim president until elections in 2022. Ndaw, a former Defence Minister and retired colonel, will have Colonel Assimi Goita as vice president.

The junta of Mali has come under intense pressure from leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to return power to civilians after the coup on August 18. It is still not clear if a government led by Ndaw would satisfy ECOWAS conditions to avoid economic sanctions and even a total embargo on the landlocked country.