Interim president lined up to lead troubled Mali

Mali’s constitutional court has cleared the way for the country’s national assembly leader to take over as interim president, a move that will return the nation to civilian rule following last month’s military coup.

The court’s announcement yesterday said that Dioncounda Traore will serve as Mali’s president for a maximum of 40 days to organise new elections. A ceremony is scheduled to take place tomorrow, officials said.

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However, there is still uncertainty about who will lead Mali afterwards, with the junta leader saying he would decide on a new team along with West African regional bloc ECOWAS.

President Amadou Toumani Toure was ousted on 21 March when soldiers stormed the presidential palace. Tuareg rebels went on to take the three largest cities in the north of the country and declared independence.