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Mali’s political leaders are being held in a military base

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:14

President Bah N'Daw on May 17 in Bamako © Rights reserved / Malian Presidency

The president of the transition and his prime minister were arrested on Monday by soldiers and taken to the Kati camp, a few hours after the announcement of the composition of a new government.

The announcement had just been made on ORTM when the situation in Bamako suddenly became tense late Monday, 24 May.

Troop movements were first observed at the Kati military camp, some 15 kilometres from Bamako, as well as in several parts of the capital. The president of the transition, Bah N’Daw, and the prime minister, Moctar Ouane, were then taken under military escort to Kati. General Souleymane Doucouré, who had just been appointed minister of defense, was also taken away and all three were still in Kati on Tuesday morning.