Colonel Asimi Gueta, who ousted two Malian presidents in the past nine months, announced that he will oversee the transitional phase until democratic elections are held after he was sworn in as interim president.
“The situation gives us an opportunity to put the transition back on the path the people want,” Gueta said.
He added that he is committed to implementing “the necessary measures for the success of the transitional phase, especially the organization of fair, transparent and credible elections that will take place on time.”
The Constitutional Court declared Guetta president last month after ousting interim President Bah Ndao, but he was officially sworn in on Monday during a ceremony in the capital, Bamako.
Guetta is under pressure from regional and international powers to ensure that the elections take place next February as scheduled, but his advisers have hinted that the timetable may change.