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Bah Ndaw, Mali's interim president, at his Inauguration ceremony in Bamako, Mali, on September 25, 2020 [File: Amadou Keita/ Reuters]

Mali President and Prime Minister have been arrested by Malian Army.


Newsone reports that Military officers in Mali, West Africa, have arrested and detained the president, prime minister and defence minister of the interim government, deepening political chaos just months after a military coup ousted the previous president, multiple sources say.

This online news platform understands that on Monday, President Bah Ndaw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and Defence Minister Souleymane Doucoure were taken to a military base in Kati outside the capital Bamako, hours after two members of the military lost their positions in a government reshuffle, the diplomatic and government sources said.


Newsone reports that the detention of the Mali President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister, followed the military ouster in August of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The development could exacerbate instability in the West African country where violent Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State control large areas of the desert north.

What is the UN saying about arrest of Mali President and others?

Newsone reports that the United Nations’ mission in Mali called for the group’s “immediate and unconditional” release and said those who hold the leaders would have to answer for their actions.


Following the detention of the the Mali President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Newsone reports that a delegation from the top regional decision-making body ECOWAS will visit Bamako on Tuesday to help resolve the “attempted coup”, ECOWAS, the UN, African Union, European Union and several European countries said in a joint statement.

“The international community rejects in advance any act imposed by coercion, including forced resignations,” the group said.



The US State Department called for the “unconditional release of those currently being held”.

Meanwhile, Newsone Nigeria reports that the Mali President and Prime Minister had been tasked with overseeing an 18-month transition back to civilian rule after the August takeover, but they appear to have moved against the military’s control over a number of key positions.

“The sacking of the pillars of the coup was an enormous misjudgement,” a senior former Malian government official told Reuters. “The actions are probably aimed at getting them back in their jobs.”

The military’s ultimate goal was not immediately clear. One military official in Kati said this was not an arrest. “What they have done is not good,” the source said, referring to the cabinet reshuffle. “We are letting them know, decisions will be made.”



Kati’s military base is notorious for ending the rule of Malian leaders. Last August, the military took President Keita to Kati and forced him to resign. A mutiny there helped topple his predecessor Amadou Toumani Toure in 2012.

Mali has been in turmoil ever since. Toure’s departure triggered an ethnic Tuareg rebellion to seize the northern two-thirds of the country, which was hijacked by al Qaeda-linked jihadists.




French forces beat the insurgents back in 2013 but they have since regrouped and carry out regular attacks on the army and civilians. They have exported their methods to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger where attacks have skyrocketed since 2017.

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