Army colonel Assimi Goita now Mali's new military strongman

Assimi Goita

Colonel Assimi Goita speaks to the press at the Malian Ministry of Defence in Bamako, Mali, on August 19, 2020.

Photo credit: Malik Konate | AFP

What you need to know:

  • There's still no word on what will happen to Mr Keita going forward.
  • The coup chiefs, meanwhile, called on the public to return to normal life.
  • They made no reference to the detained leaders or their whereabouts.

Army colonel Assimi Goita has been introduced as Mali's new military strongman after a mutiny forced President Boubacar Keita out of power. 

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