Coup in Mali, the military captures the president and prime minister

by time news

Time.news – The Malian military, dissatisfied with the new government announced by the transition authorities, have rejoinedforcibly moved the president and prime minister to Kati’s military camp, a few miles from Bamako, in a coup d’etat that shakes the country which has plunged into a profound crisis. “The president and prime minister are here in Kati on business affecting them,” said a senior military official.

A government official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the heads of the transition executive, President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were taken to Kati, the center of the military apparatus of Mali. It is there that President-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was forcibly taken on August 18, 2020 by the coup colonels to announce his resignation. It appears that the same colonels are at work nine months later. Today, the transitional prime minister said he was being forced into the home of President Ban Ndaw by soldiers.

“I can confirm that Goita’s men came to get me and took me to the president’s house, which is not far from my residence, “Ouane said in a short telephone conversation with the AFP, referring to the strongman from Mali, Colonel Assimi Goita, current vice president of transition. The conversation then broke down. Bamako was in turmoil, there were rumors difficult to confirm.

The capital, in the fourth coup since independence in August 2020however, this evening presented an atmosphere of relative normality. The events came a few hours after the announcement of a new government, still dominated by the military, but from which the officers close to the junta that had taken power after the coup in August 2020 and of which Assimi Goïta were removed was the leader. The colonels had installed transitional authorities within weeks, including a president, Ban Ndaw – a retired officer – and a government led by Moctar Ouane, a civilian.

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Reluctantly, e under pressure from the international community, they pledged to hand over power to civilians elected after 18 months, instead of the three years they deemed necessary for the transition. In the face of growing political and social outcry, the prime minister resigned ten days ago and was immediately reinstated by the transitional Ndaw president, with a mandate to form an inclusive team.

The great unknown was the place that would be given to the military, especially those close to the former junta, and in recent days the concern has grown that the colonels are not satisfied with Moctar Ouane’s choices. In the government announced by the transitional presidency, the military still holds the ministries of defense, security, territorial administration and national reconciliation.

But among the changes announced in a statement read on radio and public television, two members of the former junta, Colonels Sadio Camara and Modibo Kone, leave their respective Defense and Security portfolios replaced by General Souleymane Doucoure and General Mamadou respectively. Foils Dance. The new government also includes – in Education and Land Affairs – two ministers who are members of the Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD), the main political force of the 5-Jun Movement (M5), the collective led the protest that led to the overthrow of President Keita.

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