Retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw
Retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw, 70, a former defense minister, was sworn in today Friday September 25th, 2020 as the  president of the transitional government of Mali.  He was chosen by a transition committee selected by the junta that included its members and representatives of political parties, civil and religious groups.
Retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw
Ahead of Friday’s scheduled inauguration of the leaders of Mali’s transition government, the Ecowas_Cedeao mediation team  met with some stakeholders  including Mr. Bah Ndaw, President-Designate  and Colonel Assimi Goita, President of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) and Vice President-Designate,  both of who took the oath of office at the official ceremony today.
Retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw
Also, the 15-nation West African region bloc known as ECOWAS had demanded that the president and prime minister in any transitional government must be civilians, not from the military junta. It was not immediately clear whether they would accept Goita as vice president as he would still hold a prominent role in government.
Retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw
Already the regional group has closed borders to Mali and stopped financial flows to the country in the wake of the coup. It was not immediately clear what additional actions ECOWAS may take following Monday’s announcement.