interim president targeted by knife attack attempt during Eid prayers – .

Mali’s vice-president ousts president and prime minister from office and takes power – fr

The incident occurred during prayers at the Grand Mosque in the capital Bamako to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

“Attempted stabbing attack against the president of the transition, Colonel Assimi Goita at the Great Mosque of Bamako. The assailant was immediately overpowered by close security. The investigations are underway ”, indicated the presidency in a press release published on its official Twitter account.

Colonel Assimi Goita, the leader of two coups d’état in nine months in Mali, was sworn in as transitional president on June 7. Goita was initially acting vice president after leading the coup in August that toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

In May, he ordered the arrest of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, who resigned shortly after their detention. The duo were then released.

The same month, the Constitutional Court of Mali declared Goita the new interim president.

The tribunal said in its ruling that Goita should fill the void left by Ndaw’s resignation “to bring the transition process to its conclusion” and carry the title of “president of the transition, head of state”.

The decision put Mali on a collision course with the 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who insisted that the transition, which is due to end with elections in February , remains ruled by civilians.

The African Union (AU) has also suspended the West African country in response to the military coup.

The AU called for “an unhindered, transparent and swift return to the civilian-led transition … failing which, the Council will not hesitate to impose targeted sanctions,” the Peace and Security Council said. the AU.

Mali’s neighbors and international powers feared the revolt would undermine their commitment to hold a presidential election in February and undermine a regional struggle against militant Islamists, some of whom are based in the desert of northern Mali.


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