Malian military officer, Colonel Assimi Goïta is being sworn in as Mali’s interim president on Monday.

Goïta is the leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, a military junta that seized power from former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in the 2020 Malian coup d’état.

This coup which unseated former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is the second which he has masterminded in nine months, BBC reports.

Last week, leaders of the West African bloc, Ecowas, called on the military government to adhere to an 18-month transition towards presidential elections in February after joining the African Union in suspending Mali’s membership.

Meanwhile, France and other Western powers also want a return to civilian rule.

Sources have disclosed that Mali is key to the stability of the Sahel region that’s beset by a jihadist insurgency.