Court clears way for new interim president in Mali

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 9:02 AM

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's constitutional court has cleared the way for the country's national assembly leader to take over as the nation's interim president.

The announcement Tuesday says that Dioncounda Traore will serve as Mali's president for a maximum of 40 days to organize new elections.

The court's ruling comes after a military coup d'etat last month and following the ousted president's official resignation.

The deal to move Mali back to constitutional rule was hammered out between the head of the military junta and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS.

There is still some uncertainty though about who will lead Mali after the 40-day limit, with the junta leader saying Monday that he would decide on a new team with ECOWAS.

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