Russian Foreign Ministry called the appointment of an interim President in Mali a step towards normalizing the situation

24 September 2020

The appointment of Bah Ndaw as interim President of Mali is the right step towards normalizing the situation in the Republic, a statement issued on Wednesday by the Russian Foreign Ministry reads.

"We consider the appointments as a step in the right direction in the context of the necessary measures aimed at normalizing the internal political situation in Mali, returning it to the constitutional track, and restoring the country's civil form of government based on the broad support of the Malian people," the Ministry said.

The Ministry expects that the new Malian authorities will work closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is conducting a mediation mission in Mali, in the interests of achieving national accord and lasting peace in the country, as well as strengthening stability and security in the Sahara-Sahel zone as a whole.

A military coup took place in Mali on August 18. The military seized the General staff, arrested the country's top leadership, including the President of the Republic, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and formed the National Committee for the Salvation of the People. Keita announced his resignation, as well as the dissolution of the government and the parliament. The electoral college formed by the military approved on September 21 former Defense Minister and retired Colonel Bah Ndaw as interim President of Mali for the next 18 months.


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