• June 18, 2021

Mali’s Interim President, Prime Minister, Freed By Military

By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Mali’s interim president and premier has been released, a military official said on Thursday, three days after he was detained and stripped of his powers as the country’s second coup in nine months.

“The interim President and Prime Minister were released around 1:30 pm (0130 GMT). We stood by our point,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Family members confirmed that President Bah Nadav and Prime Minister Moktor Oyane had been freed.

Two people have returned to their homes in the capital Bamako, people close to them said, although the terms of their release were not clear.

His release was one of the demands of the international community.

In a move that sparked widespread diplomatic anger, the pair were detained on Monday by army officials, who were apparently dissatisfied with a government reshuffle.

Both were stationed at the Kati military camp, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Bamako.

Ndaw and Ouane were to lead an interim government that was established in September under threat of territorial sanctions, whose stated aim was to restore full civil rule within 18 months.

Asimi Goita, who led a junta that seized power less than 10 months ago, said on Tuesday that the pair had been stripped of their powers.

Agenda Watchdog

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