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Mali: Military Forces Arrest President and Top Officials

  • Malian military enter the residence of Mali President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta in Bamako, Mali 18 August 2020.

    Malian military enter the residence of Mali President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta in Bamako, Mali 18 August 2020. | Photo: EFE/EPA

Published 18 August 2020

Protests started on June 19 and the uprisings have escalated ever since opposition groups asked president Keita to resign over corruption allegations, the handling of the security crisis north of the country, and the COVID-19 outbreak among other demands.

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, alongside other officials, were arrested on Tuesday by military forces following weeks of widespread protests against the government.


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Local media outlets point at Colonel Malick Diaw and General Gen Sadio Camara as the alleged coup leaders.

The chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemned the coup via Twitter and called for the immediate release of the officials.

The Economic Community of West African States also rejected the coup via a statement. 

"This mutiny comes at a time when, for several months now, ECOWAS  has been taking initiatives and conducting mediation efforts with all the Malian parties," said the joint statement by the 15 country block.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also rejected the mutiny and urged for dialogue.

"The Secretary-General strongly condemns these actions and calls for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and the rule of law in Mali. To this end, he demands the immediate and unconditional release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and members of his cabinet," Guterres said.

On the other hand, the Vice-president of the European Commission, Josep Barrel, also condemned the cup via Twitter. "The European Union condemns the attempted coup d'etat underway in Mali and rejects all unconstitutional change," the official said. "This can in no way be a response to the deep socio-political crisis that has hit Mali for several months," Barrel added.


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