Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo is a Malian military officer and the leader of the 2012 Malian coup d'état against President Amadou Toumani Toure.
Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo is a Malian military officer and the leader of the 2012 Malian coup d'état against President Amadou Toumani Toure. He proclaimed himself the leader of the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State.
Sanogo comes from Ségou, one of Mali's largest cities on the Niger River. The little we know about Sanogo reports that his father was a doctor from Fourou, a village located in Kadiolo region in the south.
Sanogo has spent 22 years in the military. Before the coup, Sanogo had held a mid-level army position. A participant in the International Military Education and Training program, he received training in the United States. When he returned to Mali, he became an English language trainer who taught at EcoleMilitaire Inter-Armes in Koulikoro.
His first actions as de facto head of state included suspending the constitution and activities of some organizations, as well as declaring a curfew and closing the borders.
Following the economic sanctions and a blockade by the Economic Community of West African States on the country, a deal, brokered in Burkina Faso by President Blaise Compaoré under the auspices of ECOWAS, was signed that would see Sanogo cede power to Dioncounda Traoré, who would assume the presidency in an interim capacity until an election is held.
After the new interim president and prime minister took office, the junta led by Sanogo made it clear that they are stepping aside only temporarily and that the junta will retain a supervisory role until the elections.