Panafrican News Agency

New Malian president commits to reducing budget for the presidency

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The new president of the Transition in Mali, Col. Assimi Goita, has pledged to reduce the cost of running the country's institutions, including the presidency whose budget will be reduced by two-thirds and the surplus used to finance basic infrastructure.

Goita was speaking after being sworn in on Monday by the Supreme Court in Bamako.

According to official sources, the budget of the Malian presidency is estimated at 150 million CFA francs per month, which is considered excessive by public opinion.

He assured his compatriots and the international community that elections will be held on time and that the implementation of the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali, signed by the Malian government, the armed groups of the North, and the international community in May-June 2015 in Bamako, will continue.

Goïta was appointed on 28 May by a ruling of the Constitutional Court as President of the Transition. The same ruling noted the power vacuum following the resignation of the former president of the Transition, Bah N'Daw, and the Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane.

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