Who is Bah N'Daw, the new transitional president of Mali?

The current Malian transitional president, Bah N'Daw, the day he took up his post as Minister of Defense, May 28, 2014. HABIBOU KOUYATE / AFP

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Former Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, former military Bah N'Daw was appointed transitional president of Mali on Monday, September 21, 2020.


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From our correspondent in Bamako


Serge Daniel

The members of the college took note, and pledged to support the junta, which took power in


, in its choice to appoint

Bah N'Daw as the new transitional president


Aged 70, he is retired with the rank of colonel major.

From this retirement, he was recalled for the first time in May 2014 to serve as

Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs


Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was then President of the Republic.

But he did not stay long because of " 

differences of opinion

 ", confides a relative.


There are things that Bah N'Daw does not accept

 ,” he adds.

A pure product of the Malian army

The new transitional president of Mali is above all a pure product of the Malian army.

He began his training in the country then he followed a helicopter pilot course in the former USSR, it is also said to be pro-Russian.

He then returned to Mali and made part of his career in the air force.

He is a " 


 " man, insists one of his supporters.

In his career, he will occupy another important position: aide-de-camp to the general and president

Moussa Traoré

, recently deceased.

He is multilingual, he speaks French, English and Russian in particular.

In his task, he will be assisted by a vice-president:

Assimi Goïta

, the head of the Malian junta who overthrew IBK.


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