Assimi Goita Now Mali Leader
-A colonel in the Malian army has declared himself head of the junta which forced President Keita out of office
– Assimi Goita on Wednesday, August 19, declared himself head of the “National Committee for the salvation of the People”
– The colonel announced his new position after a meeting with top civil servants
Assimi Goita, a colonel in the Malian army, has declared himself head of the “National Committee for the salvation of the People”.
The National Committee for the salvation of the People is a group created by rebels in the West African country. Onenextnewsng.com reports that Goita announced his new position after a meeting with top civil servants on Wednesday, August 19.
Onenextnewsng.com recalls that the political imbroglio that polarised Mali hit the climax on Tuesday as prime minister, Boubou Cisse, and President Keita were arrested by some mutinying soldiers.
The leader of the soldier group informed journalists on Tuesday that Cisse and Keita were with them in Bamako, Mali’s capital. Later, another military source reportedly claimed the president and the prime minister had been taken to a key base in Kati, a town close to Bamako.
Meanwhile, the United Nations and the African Union (AU) have condemned the action by mutinous soldiers in the country.
The AU demanded the release of Keita and other top government officials detained by mutinous soldiers in an apparent coup attempt. The chairman of the AU commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, denounced “any attempt at unconstitutional change” in government, urging the mutineers to “cease all use of violence.
” Also, as a special of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Mali, Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan has briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on his efforts and those of other global bodies to resolve the socio-political unrest threatening to tear the nation apart.
The former Nigerian leader told the president that while opposition political party, M5, has continued to insist on the resignation of President Keita, international organisations like the African Union and the United Nations have opted for peaceful dialogue as the best way forward.
Jonathan, according to a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, disclosed that the international community made it clear to the group that it will not support its position.