Assimi Goita: Mali military leader sworn in as interim president
 Malian strongman Col Assimi Goita promised elections next February when he was sworn in as transitional president on Monday.
Col Goita also named a civilian prime minister after international outrage over Mali’s second coup in nine months.
Assimi Goita: Mali military leader sworn in as interim president
After the swearing-in, political veteran Choguel Maiga, 63, was announced as Prime Minister. His appointment had been expected for days.
Gol Goita led the coup that toppled the country’s democratically elected leader last August, and removed the civilian president and prime minister of a transitional government on May 24.
Assimi Goita: Mali military leader sworn in as interim president
In doing so, he sparked diplomatic uproar and deepened fears of chaos in a country that plays a key role in stemming the insurgency sweeping the Sahel.
I swear before God and the Malian people to preserve the republican regime … to preserve democratic gains,” he said during the swearing-in ceremony in the capital Bamako.
Dressed in full military regalia, Col Goita said Mali would stick to its commitments, pledging “fair and transparent” elections by February next year.
It is unclear how Mali’s partners and neighbours, who have condemned the second coup, will respond.
The latest putsch prompted the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States to suspend Mali, calling for the appointment of a civilian prime minister.
Assimi Goita: Mali military leader sworn in as interim president
Economic community mediator Goodluck Jonathan, the former Nigerian president, is expected in Mali on Tuesday.