Breaking: Mali ‘s president and PM arrested by mutinous soldiers

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:38 am

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were detained by mutinying troopers on Tuesday, according to safety sources.

It comes after troopers fired pictures at an military base in Kati, 15 km backyard of the capital Bamako.

In 2012, a mutiny unfolded at the same base, main to a coup that toppled the former president Amadou Toumani Toure.

The West African bloc ECOWAS known as for an cease to the “mutiny” and urged soldiers to return to their barracks shut to the capital Bamako.

The soldiers reportedly may also have kidnapped officers from Mali’s army, who they would have ushered to be a part of their side.

But so far there is no association affirmation no other barracks or guards have gotten onboard.

News of the gunfire spread to Bamako, sparking demonstrations there.

Opposition protests have swelled in Mali on account that June- with demonstrators calling for President Keita to resign.

So-called after the date of its first protest, the June 5 Movement has been channeling deep anger over a dire economy, perceived authorities corruption and a brutal jihadist conflict.

Western powers have known as for peace.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France “condemns in the strongest phrases this grave event”.