BAMAKO, 9 June 2021 – The new junta leader of Mali, Col. Assimi Goita, who was sworn in as president Monday, has named an opposition leader as prime minister.

The newly-appointed prime minister, Choguel Maïga, leads the coalition which spearheaded protests against former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who was overthrown last year.

Malian Junta Leader Assimi Goita - Photo TheNational

Malian Junta Leader Assimi Goita – Photo TheNational

New Malian Prime Minister Choguel Maïga - Photo Anadeo Online

New Malian Prime Minister Choguel Maïga – Photo Anadeo Online

Members of the coalition, known as M5 RFP, reacted angrily when they got no ministerial positions in the government formed following the ousting of President Keita.

Campaigners for the setting up of a civilian-led government after that first coup won the day when civilians were named president and prime minister of the transition government.

That government, which was backed by the military, was overthrown two weeks ago by Col. Assimi Goita in the second coup he had engineered in nine months.

Officially, the interim president and prime minister resigned, but only after they were arrested and detained at a military base on the instructions of Col. Assimi Goita who left the two with no other option than to step down.

Col. Assimi Goita accused the ousted transitional government of sabotaging the transition to full civilian rule.

In his address to Malians, Col. Assimi Goita promised to work for better living conditions and for “credible, fair and transparent elections” in February 2022 that would return the country to civilian rule.

Malian Junta Pictured with Members of the Country's Supreme Court Who Swore Him into Office - Photo France 24

Malian Junta Pictured with Members of the Country’s Supreme Court Who Swore Him into Office – Photo France 24

Coup Leader Sworn-in as President - Photo Reuters

Coup Leader Sworn-in as President – Photo Reuters

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) have condemned the unconstitutional government in Mali, calling on Col. Assimi Goita to respect the pre-established transition calendar.

The United States put an end to military cooperation with Mali over the second coup and France has threatened to end all military cooperation should the junta embrace radical Islam.

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