Mali president “arrested,” mutiny leader says

Mali president and prime minister “arrested,” mutiny leader says

August 18, 2020 / 2:36 PM
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A woman cheers during a protest organised by M5-RFP, part of the opposition June 5th movement, who are calling for Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, in Bamako, August 11, 2020. An officer at the camp told AFP that the gunfire was an act of “rebellion” and many soldiers were unhappy with Mali’s political situation. “ECOWAS calls on all soldiers to return to their barracks without delay.” 

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Hong Kong leader admits U.S. He added that the pair had been “arrested” at Keita’s residence in the capital Bamako.Two security sources also told Reuters that Keita has been detained. Mali’s eight-year jihadist conflict is thought to be contributing to current political tensions in the country, with Keita under pressure to stop the fighting. “We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” the leader, who requested anonymity, told AFP. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Earlier Tuesday, soldiers fired their guns into the air in a military base in Kati, a town about nine miles from Bamako. But the June 5 Movement’s push to topple Keita veered into crisis last month, when at least 11 people were killed during three days of unrest following a protest.The opposition group has since rejected attempts at mediation with the 75-year-old president, and vowed to continue staging rallies against him. First published on August 18, 2020 / 8:10 AM The claim was made after mutinous soldiers surrounded the private residence of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, firing shots into the air and deepening fears of a coup attempt following several months of demonstrations calling for his resignation. The Reuters news agency said the Norwegian Embassy had alerted citizens that it had “been notified of a mutiny in the Armed Forces and troops are on their way to Bamako.” Reuters said the statement urged Norwegians to “exercise caution and preferably stay at home until the situation is clear.” Mali has been mired in deep political impasse for months, as President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has come under fierce pressure from the opposition June 5 Movement to resign. ANNIE RISEMBERG/AFP/Getty

Bamako — Mutineering soldiers in Mali on Tuesday detained the country’s president and prime minister, one of their leaders said. The government has been struggling to contain a jihadist insurgency that first broke out in 2012, and which has claimed thousands of lives since. Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a photo during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, June 30, 2020.  “We want change,” the officer said. The West African bloc ECOWAS said Malian soldiers had launched a “mutiny” and urged them to immediately return to their barracks. “This mutiny comes at a time when, for several months now, ECOWAS has been taking initiatives and conducting mediation efforts with all the Malian parties,” the 15-nation bloc said in a statement. Ludovic Marin/Pool/REUTERS

The loose alliance of opposition and religious leaders has been channeling deep anger over a dire economy, perceived government corruption and a brutal jihadist conflict. sanctions impeding her credit card use

The situation remained unclear, but news of the soldiers opening fire quickly triggered fears of a coup attempt in fragile Mali.The embassy of France, the former colonial power, recommended on social media on Tuesday that everyone remain inside their homes.