Col. Assimi Goita

COLONEL ASSIMI GOITA TO RULE MALI FOR ONE YEAR.

Col. Assimi Goita, who led the coup that ousted president Keita, will govern mali for one year.
The head of the Junta in power, worked for years with U.S Special Operations forces, focused on fighting extremism in West Africa.

West African leaders on Friday, urged Mali’s Junta to take not more than one year to hand over power to a civilian government, as regional heads of state held another virtual summit, after initial negotiations with the military coup leaders failed.

Col. Assimi Goita

The Junta calling itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People has met one of the regional bloc’s demands, releasing former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Thursday, more than a week after his midnight resignation that followed the coup.

However, the Junta has proposed waiting until 2023 to hold new elections; a condition immediately rejected by the 15-nation bloc, known as ECOWAS.