Mali’s appointed interim president makes the first appearance.

 his first public official appearance since being appointed Mali’s interim president —

following the coup d’état in August, Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel and former defense minister from the camp of ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, met with ECOWAS mediator Goodluck Jonathan in Bamako on Thursday, on the eve of his swearing-in.

The former Nigerian president —

who has been assisting with the ongoing political crisis over recent months, communicated in a meeting with his delegation,

President Ndaw and other officers of the NCPS junta, that the 15 nation bloc could announce on Friday whether these official appointments would satisfy the organization’s conditions to lift sanctions.

The 70-year-old interim president will rule for a maximum of 18 months before staging nationwide elections.

Junta head, Colonel Assimi Goita will serve as his interim vice president.

As a result ,Ndaw made his first public appearance on Thursday, meeting a regional mediator.

The retired colonel is 70 years of age.

He met former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, in Bamako on a mission for the 15-nation bloc ECOWAS, on the eve of his swearing-in.

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Ndaw’s appointment was announced on Monday by Colonel Assimi Goita.

Assimi Goita heads a group of young military officers .

who seized power on August 18, ousting elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Goita himself will serve as vice president, under the announcement.

The interim president will rule for a maximum of 18 months before staging nationwide elections.

Mali has been facing a government of corruption,lies and discrimation.

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