President and Prime Minister of Mali arrested in military takeover

President and Prime Minister of Mali arrested in military takeover

Malian army officers have arrested the president, Prime Minister and Defence Minister of the interim government on Monday, after a cabinet reshuffle.

This was reproetd by Reuters, citing diplomatic and government sources

President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane had both been taken to the Kati military camp near the capital, according to the sources.

The arrests bring further uncertainty to the West African country, after a military coup in August overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Ndaw and Ouane had been tasked with overseeing an 18-month transition back to civilian rule after the takeover, but many inside government and the opposition worried about the military’s hold over key positions.

The arrests occurred after the announcement of a change in government in which two members of the military junta that seized power in August were set to be replaced.

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