Assimi Goïta is officially installed as the new President of the Malian transition. In his speech, which was eagerly awaited, the colonel, a double-putschist, wanted to reassure Mali’s partners, but also his compatriots.
It is a Assimi Goïta rid of his traditional unshaven beard, his usual fatigues that he exchanged for a military suit, which appeared before the judges of the Supreme Court, this Monday, June 7, 2021, in Bamako. The strong man of Mali was officially installed in his chair as head of state. To do this, he first had to take an oath: « I swear before God and the Malian people to preserve the republican regime in all fidelity (…) to preserve the democratic gains, to guarantee national unity, the independence of the country and the integrity of the national territory ».
And the new President pronounced himself on sensitive issues, knowing that everyone is waiting for him to turn the corner. He was very reassuring: « I would like to reassure sub-regional and regional organisations and the international community in general that Mali will honour all its commitments for and in the best interests of the nation », he declared. More specifically, Colonel Assimi Goïta clearly expressed his desire to organise « credible, fair and transparent elections at the scheduled time ». The Colonel President is thus in line with the logic of ECOWAS, which has made respect for the electoral calendar a requirement for the Malian regime.
Beyond these commitments, the newly invested President announced measures to reduce the cost of living of the state. « Two-thirds of the sovereignty funds of the presidency of the Republic will be eliminated, » he said. These funds, estimated at about 1.8 billion CFA francs per year, « will now be used to provide water and create health centres for the poorest populations throughout the country.
Dr Choguel Kokalla Maïga of the M5 was appointed Prime Minister only a few hours after the inauguration ceremony. Through the appointment of this civilian to this post, Colonel Assimi Goïta complies with another requirement of ECOWAS.
At the end of this ceremony, should we infer that with the new coup de force of 24 May, there has been more fear than harm? Is Mali finally on the road to stability? It is probably still too early to answer these questions, which are on the minds of many Malians.