BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The Mali coup leader who overthrew the country's democratically elected president more than a year ago has now been promoted to an army general.
The announcement of Amadou Sanogo's new job title on Wednesday drew criticism from human rights activists who say he should instead face investigation into abuses committed by his loyalists after the coup.
Lt. Col. Souleymane Maiga, the army's head of public relations, confirmed the promotion of Sanogo, who was a captain at the time of the March 2012 coup.
The announcement comes just two days after Ibrahim Boubacar Keita became Mali's president-elect when his opponent conceded defeat.
Sanogo ultimately handed over power to a transitional civilian government, though critics say he continued to play a role in influencing national politics from behind the scenes.