Military detains President and Prime minister who later resign – Bamako, Mali

Only nine months after a military coup in Mali, the military have yet again detained Interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.

The detention of Mali top leaders happend on Monday hours after the new Interim government reshuffled the country’s administration leaving out the two military personnel who led the coup in August 2020.

The United Nations and African Union have called for an immediate unconditional release of the leaders.

The new interim president of Mali Bah Ndaw attends the inauguration ceremony with the Malian new vice president Colonel Assimi Goita in Bamako, Mali, on September 25, 2020. Amadou Keita/Reuters

The arrested leaders, Ndaw, Ouane, and defence minister Soulaymane Doucore are said to be held in a military base in Kati, away from Mali’s capiral Bamaka according to Diplomatic and government sources to Reuters and AFP.

The two leaders have been reported to have resigned two days after their detention.

As reported by Aljazeera, On Tuesday, Goita, who led the coup in August against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, said the president and the prime minister had violated the transitional charter by failing to consult him about the new cabinet.

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