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MALI – President and Prime Minister of the transitional government still in the hands of the military


The situation in Mali has become uncontrollable. After fomenting a coup d’état on 18 August 2020 and forcing then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, the Malian military has this time detained President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, Selected this Monday, May 24, 2021 to ensure the transition. The United Nations Mission to Mali, the Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, France, the United States, the UnitedUnited, Germany and the European Union have condemned this abusive arrest of civilian leaders and demand their immediate and unconditional release.

The military has distinguished itself in Mali by arresting, on Monday, May 24, 2021, the president and the prime minister chosen nine months after the coup d’état that led to the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The international community has risen to the occasion to criticize such an attitude of the putschists. It condemned “firmly the attempted coup de force” and “demanded the immediate and unconditional release” of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, two civilian leaders gathered at their homes and taken under duress to the Kati military camp, a few miles from Bamako. In fact, it was here that Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the head of state, was taken after the coup d’état of August 18, 2020. He announced his resignation in front of the colonels led by Assimi Goïta, the current vice-president of the transition. 

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In a brief telephone interview with Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, the APF confirmed the information about his arrest. I confirm: men from Goïta came to fetch me to take me to the president who lives not far from my residence,” said Moctar Ouane. 
Antonio Guterres, current Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) has demanded the immediate release of these leaders who have been forcibly apprehended by the Malian army. Moreover, a meeting of the Security Council should soon be held to rule on the situation.

These civilian leaders were arrested only a few hours after the announcement of the formation of a transitional government. A government dominated by the military but which does not include the officers of the putschists led by Colonel Assimi Goïta and who took power in August 2020.


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