Mali's interim president targeted in stabbing attempt during Eid prayers

The incident occurred throughout prayers on the Grand Mosque within the capital Bamako to mark the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Adha.

“Attempted stabbing attack against the President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi Goita at the Grande Mosque of Bamako. The attacker was immediately subdued by close security. Investigations are ongoing,” the presidency mentioned in an announcement posted on its official Twitter account.
Colonel Assimi Goita — the chief of two coups in nine months in Mali — was sworn in as transitional president on June 7.

Goita was initially interim vice chairman after main the coup final August that overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

In May, he ordered the arrests of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane who shortly resigned whereas in detention. The duo had been later launched.

In the identical month, Mali’s constitutional courtroom declared Goita to be the new interim president.
African Union suspends Mali after military coup and threatens sanctions

The courtroom mentioned in its ruling that Goita ought to fill the emptiness left by Ndaw’s resignation “to lead the transition process to its conclusion” and carry the title of “president of the transition, head of state”.

The ruling set Mali on a collision course with the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which insisted that the transition, which is because of finish with elections in February, stay civilian-led.

The African Union (AU) additionally suspended the west African country in response to the army coup.

The AU referred to as for “an unimpeded, transparent and swift return to the civilian-led transition … failing which, the Council will not hesitate to impose targeted sanctions,” the AU’s Peace and Security Council mentioned.

Mali’s neighbors and worldwide powers feared the revolt will jeopardize a dedication to carry a presidential election in February, and undermine a regional struggle towards Islamist militants, a few of that are based mostly in Mali’s desert north.

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