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Malian colonel and coup leader Assimi Goita was sworn in as president in the capital city of Bamako on Monday, during a period of political transition. The 38-year-old special forces commander swore during the ceremony to oversee a transition towards democratic elections. He laid among his goals “the organisation of credible and transparent and fair elections on the scheduled dates.” Goita was one of several colonels to overthrow President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last August. He seized power again in late May, in the second military coup in the country in just nine months.