The vice-president of the Transition in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, has just dismissed President Bah N’Daw and his Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, as well as all those involved in the situation following the « violation » of the Transition Charter. In a statement broadcast on Tuesday 25 May on the national channel ORTM, the head of the junta said that the government led by Moctar Ouane has shown its limits.
Colonel Assimi Goïta, vice-president of the Transition in Mali, wants to restore order in the management of the country. Indeed, the head of the junta said that the government led by Moctar Ouane has shown itself incapable of being a reliable interlocutor, likely to mobilise the confidence of the social partners, following a crisis of several months at the national level taking into account strikes and various demonstrations by social and political actors.
« In the aftermath and in a unilateral manner, the President of the Transition accepted the resignation of the government and immediately reappointed the Prime Minister with a mandate to form a new government. The consequence was general consternation marked by the persistence of strikes by the National Union of Workers of Mali (UNTM), which ultimately resulted in an indefinite strike. This state of affairs constitutes a real suffocation of the Malian economy and therefore guarantees instability with immeasurable consequences, » he stressed.
« In the process of forming a new government, the newly reappointed Prime Minister drew up a list of governments in agreement with the President of the Transition without consulting the Vice-President in charge of the prerogatives conferred on him by the Charter, namely Defence and Security, » he said.
« Such a move shows a clear desire of the President of the Transition and the Prime Minister to move towards a violation of the Transitional Charter, contrary to the oath taken at his investiture on 25 September 2020, » said Assimi Goïta, dismissing the Transitional authorities in place since September 2020, while taking over.
It should be recalled that an ECOWAS mission, led by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former president of the Republic of Nigeria, will be in Mali from 25 to 28 May 2021, to understand the new socio-political developments and discuss with all stakeholders to have a successful transition. The President of the Transition, Bah N’Daw, and his Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, were arrested on the evening of Monday 24 May by soldiers who took them to the Kati camp. The incident took place shortly after the announcement of the ministerial reshuffle on the same day.