Bah Ndaw, the interim president of Mali, has been sworn in during ceremonies in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on Friday, September 25.

Ndaw was chosen to head a transition government following a coup on August 18 which overthrew former president, Boubacar Keita. The committee set up by the military junta to elect a transitional president chose Bah Ndaw, a 70-year-old retired colonel, as interim president, and junta leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, as the vice president.

The swearing-in ceremony took place in a theatre filled with officials dressed in military fatigues, senior judges, and foreign diplomats. The Supreme Court Chief Prosecutor, Boya Dembele, said the challenges facing both men were “enormous”.

He said, “It will truly require a reformulation of the state.”

The interim president would lead a transition government for a maximum of 18 months before organizing national elections.

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