Bamako, Mali — The government said last week a man detained for trying to stab Mali’s interim president died in a hospital while in custody.
Colonel Assimi Goita’s puncture wound attempt took place on July 20 at a public ceremony celebrating Eid al-Adha, a holiday of Islamic sacrifice at the Great Mosque in the capital, Bamaco. Goita, who had two coups within nine months and is now the Colonel of the Special Forces, Mali’s interim leader, was unharmed by the attack.
The suspect was detained and an investigation into the attack began.
“The perpetrator was immediately arrested by security services. Under investigation … his health has deteriorated,” a government statement released on Sunday said.
The government said the suspect was admitted to a hospital where he died, adding that an investigation into his cause of death would be undertaken.
After two coups, Mali is currently in a fragile transition process to lead the country to next year’s democratic elections. Attacks by jihadist groups in northern and central Mali have further destabilized the security of the capital.
Goita came to power in August 2020 by defeating Mali’s democratically elected president Ibrahim Bubakar Keita, who had served only two of his five-year term since being reelected in 2018. rice field. N’Daw, and the Prime Minister. Goita served as Interim Vice President. Then, on May 24, Goita expelled these private leaders after announcing a cabinet reshuffle.
After that, Goita became president of the interim government in June. He promised to get the country on track to return to civilian rule in the February 2022 elections.