Colonel Asmi Gueta pledged – on Monday – that his government will “respect all its obligations”, and confirmed his intention to hold general elections by next February, after he was sworn in as the interim president of Mali.
Guetta (37 years old) was inaugurated in a ceremony in the capital, Bamako, after the leader of the coup last August overthrew the civilian president and head of the transitional government, which was considered a second coup on May 24.
“I swear before God and the Malian people to preserve the republican system… and to preserve the democratic gains,” said the young soldier, who was dressed in full military uniform.
He pledged to organize “credible, fair and transparent elections in accordance with the established dates”, in reference to the deadline for elections set by the transitional government by February 2022.
Dozens of army officers attended the celebration, and applause erupted several times during Gueta’s speech, while troops in combat clothing were present in the vicinity of the place.
Mali Membership Suspension
Goeta succeeds President Bah Ndao after he ousted him last May along with Prime Minister Mukhtar Wan, and they were securing the civil transition.
Ndao Wan was chosen to head the transitional government, which was supposed to return Mali to full civilian rule. With the coup within the coup on May 24; The regional partners reacted angrily, but without even re-imposing sanctions that had forced the TMC to agree to form a transitional government.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union suspended Mali’s membership, while France announced the suspension of its joint operations with the Malian army following the new coup, after 8 years of close cooperation.
The “Barkhane” force – which consists of 5,000 members and is active in many countries of the Sahel – will not leave its bases to launch operations in Mali until further notice, although it will continue to target “jihadist leaders” if the opportunity arises.