The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has landed in Mali after the arrest of Bah N’Daw and Mocatr Ouane, respectively President and Prime Minister of the transition. The two men were taken on Monday by soldiers to the military camp of Kati, near Bamako. The situation in the country is confused and their release is demanded by the international community.
Total confusion in Mali where, on Monday 24 May, in the evening, the two leaders of the transition were forcibly removed from their home and taken to the military camp of Kati. « The President and the Prime Minister are here in Kati on business, » said a senior military official.
The two men were arrested just hours after the new government was announced on Monday afternoon. « What is happening today is a photocopy of 18 August 2020: the military want to show the civilian authorities once again that they are in charge, » said a desperate resident of the garrison town.
The rumours of a new coup d’état can be heard, despite an air of normality in the capital on Monday evening. Indeed, the precise objective of the army is not yet known, and the lack of information does not allow us to describe it at the moment. A large part of the international community, including France and the European Union, condemned the initiative and reaffirmed its « firm support » for the transition.
In a joint communiqué, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) called for the « immediate and unconditional » release of the authorities. On Tuesday 25 May, an ECOWAS delegation is expected in Bamako to try to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.