Mali interim leaders resign ‘for mediator’ after ex-coup leader takes power

The transitional president and prime minister of Mali resigned from mediation efforts on Wednesday after being arrested in an apparent second military coup in nine months, a top junta assistant and an international diplomat said.

Malian President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, charged with sending the return to civilian government after a coup d’état last August, have been detained since Monday and resigned “for the mediator,” said Baba Cisse, special adviser to junta boss Assimi. Goita.

Cisse said negotiations are underway for their release and the formation of a new government in the poor Sahel region.

A member of the Mediation Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) confirmed the president’s resignation at AFP and asked for anonymity.

The team traveled early Wednesday to Kati military camp, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) from the capital, Bamako, to visit the two inmates.

Ndaw and Ouane headed the interim government with the stated goal of restoring full civilian rule within 18 months.

Goita, who holds the rank of vice president in the transitional government, accused Ndaw and Ouane of not consulting him about a reshuffle.

The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting later Wednesday at the request of former colonial power France and others.

On Monday, the United Nations, African Union, ECOWAS, the EU and the United States issued a rare joint statement attacking the detention and demanding the release of Ndaw and Ouane.

Young military officers deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last August after weeks of protests over alleged government corruption and his handling of the jihadist insurgency.

(AFP)

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