Colonel Assimi Goïta, who had President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane arrested, is said to have released the two leaders who had been detained since Monday, along with the new defence minister they had just chosen.
The President and the Prime Minister of Mali’s transitional government, who were arrested on Monday and forced to resign by the military, were released on Wednesday night. This is at least what a military official told AFP this morning. « The Prime Minister and the transitional President were released last night at around 01:30 (local and GMT). We have kept our word, » said the official who requested anonymity.
According to the agency, which said their release was one of the demands of the international community in the face of what appears to be the second coup in nine months, family members confirmed their release. According to their entourage, who gave no details of the conditions of their release, the two men have returned to their homes in Bamako.
Colonel Assimi Goïta, who had accused the two men of having formed a new government without consulting him, even though he is the Vice President in charge of security issues, had President Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane arrested last Monday, along with the new Defence Minister they had just chosen. In addition, other senior figures had also been arrested.
« Such a move shows a clear desire on the part of the President of the Transition and the Prime Minister to violate the Transition Charter, contrary to the oath taken at his investiture on 25 September 2020, » Assimi Goïta had deplored, condemning the move by Bah N’Daw and Moctar Ouane, whom he had just dismissed. The transitional authorities had been in place since September 2020.