Mali’s president and prime minister arrested by military members, says UN mission

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Interim President Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane have been arrested together with a number of staffers, read the statement by the nation’s Native Transition Monitoring Committee, which screens Mali’s return to civilian oversight after a navy coup in August 2020. The committee contains the African Union, the United Nations mission in Mali and the Financial Group of West African States.
Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, seen here on a trip to India in January 2009, is a former minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

The committee, “together with members of the worldwide neighborhood, together with France, the United-States, the UK, Germany and the EU, categorical their profound concern relating to the state of affairs in Mali marked by the arrest of the transition President, the Prime Minister and a few members of their workers,” it says.

“They demand the speedy and unconditional launch of these authorities and demand upon the truth that the members of the navy who maintain them might be personally held accountable for his or her security.”

The arrests, described within the joint assertion as an “tried energy seize,” got here shortly after N’Daw announced a series of nominations to top ministerial posts in the government.
“Regarding stories from Mali on the detention of the Transition President, Prime Minister, and others. We name for his or her speedy, unconditional launch,” tweeted the US State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs.
The US Embassy in Mali warned Americans within the nation to avoid non-essential travel in Bamako amid “stories of elevated navy exercise” within the capital, it stated in a tweet.
The interim authorities has been in place for just a few months, after a military coup last year during which troopers arrested then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and then-Prime Minister Boubou Cisse. Keita later introduced his resignation on state tv.

The transitional authorities led by N’Daw had promised to carry legislative and presidential elections in Feb. 2022 to revive a democratic authorities, Reuters reported.

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