Keita sworn in as Mali's new president
04 September 2013, 17:01
Bamako - Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was sworn in on Wednesday as Mali's new
president after winning a landslide victory in elections called to turn the
page on months of political chaos and conflict.
Keita, a former prime minister, vowed to work for African unity as he began
his five-year term in the presence of outgoing transitional leader Dioncounda
Traore and more than 1 000 Malian politicians, diplomats and military personnel
at a ceremony in the capital Bamako.
"I swear before God and the people of Mali to faithfully preserve the
republican regime, to respect and uphold the constitution and the law, to
fulfil my duties in the best interests of the people, to preserve the
democratic gains, to ensure national unity, independence of the country and the
integrity of the national territory," he said.
Guests at the ceremony included former minister Soumaila Cisse, resoundingly
beaten by 68-year-old Keita in an election run-off on 11 August, and former
president Moussa Traore, overthrown in March 1991 by a military coup after 23
years in power.
The oath-taking ceremony followed a handover at the headquarters of the
Malian presidency in Koulouba, near Bamako, where Traore officially ceded power