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JUST IN: Ba N’Daou, Mali’s Ex-Defence Minister Named Interim President

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Ba N’Daou, Mali’s former defence minister, has been named as the president of the country’s new transition government.

Colonel Assimi Goita, the military junta leader was also appointed vice president.

This was announced on Mali’s state television on Monday.

The new president, according to a plan backed by the military government, is meant to lead the country for several months before staging elections and returning the West African state to civilian rule.

Mali’s military government has come under intense pressure from its West African neighbours to return power to civilians following the August 18 coup that overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Aljazeera reports.

Last week, West African leaders insisted the interim president be a civilian, while signalling they would accept a soldier as vice president.

N’Daou and Goita were appointed by a group electors chosen by the military government. 

More details soon.

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