After dismissing the president of the transition Bah Ndaw and his Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, Assimi Goïta was appointed new president of the transition by the Malian Constitutional Court.
The Malian Constitutional Court declared on May 28 Colonel Assimi Goïta head of state and president of the transition supposed to bring civilians back to power, indicates a court ruling, completing the second coup led by the officer and the military in nine months.
The judgment stipulates that the vice-president of the transition, Colonel Goïta, “exercises the functions, attributes and prerogatives of president of the transition to lead the transition process to its end”, and that he will carry “the title of president of the transition, head of state ”.
The Constitutional Court arrived there after noting the “vacancy of the presidency” following the resignation of the one who was until then the president of the transition, Bah Ndaw. “Due to the vacancy of the presidency of the transition, it is appropriate to say that the vice-president of the transition assumes the prerogatives, attributes and functions of president of the transition, head of state”, she writes .
Colonel Goïta, a strong man in Mali since the coup d’etat he led on August 18, 2020 with a group of officers, had President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane arrested on May 24, civil guarantors of the transition opened after the putsch.
Assimi Goïta announced the next day that he had dismissed them from their positions. Their dismissal was then presented as a resignation, without it being known whether it was voluntary.