Mali military junta release former interim president, prime minister from house arrest

Mali’s former interim president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane have been released from house arrest by the authorities who ousted them in May, a committee monitoring the post-coup transition said on Friday. Their detention by military officers in May marked Mali’s second coup since the overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the previous… Read More Mali military junta release former interim president, prime minister from house arrest

Mali’s interim leader Assimi Goita unharmed following knife attack

Interim Mali President Assimi Goita, a special forces colonel who orchestrated two coups in the last year, said he escaped unharmed after an assailant tried to stab him during prayers at a mosque in the capital Bamako on Tuesday. Security agents overpowered two men in the mosque and threw one into the back of a… Read More Mali’s interim leader Assimi Goita unharmed following knife attack

Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as transitional president

Assimi Goita, the Malian colonel who has overthrown two presidents in the past nine months, said he would oversee a transition toward democratic elections as he was sworn in as interim president on Monday. Goita, a 38-year-old special forces commander, had already been declared president by the constitutional court last month after ousting Bah Ndaw,… Read More Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as transitional president

France suspends joint military operations with Mali over recent coup

France said on Thursday it was suspending its joint military operations with local troops in Mali as part of efforts to pressure the military juntathere to restore a civilian-led government. Mali’s military arrested interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane last week and pressured them to resign, derailing a transition to democratic elections… Read More France suspends joint military operations with Mali over recent coup

African Union suspends Mali over recent coup

The African Union has suspended Mali’s membership in response to last week’s military coup and threatened sanctions if a civilian-led government is not restored, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The military arrested interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane last week and pressured them to resign, derailing a transition to democratic… Read More African Union suspends Mali over recent coup

West African bloc ECOWAS suspends Mali over recent coup

West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Sunday suspended Mali’s membership in response to last week’s coup and said authorities must stick to a timetable for a return to democracy, but stopped short of imposing new sanctions. Leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States held an emergency summit in Ghana’s capital Accra to… Read More West African bloc ECOWAS suspends Mali over recent coup

Mali’s top court declares coup leader Colonel Assimi Goita as interim president

Mali’s constitutional court on Friday declared Assimi Goita, the colonel who led a military coup this week while serving as vice president, to be the new interim president. The ruling raises the stakes as West African leaders prepare to meet on Sunday to respond to the takeover, which has jeopardised a transition back to democracy… Read More Mali’s top court declares coup leader Colonel Assimi Goita as interim president

Malian president and prime minister released following resignation

Mali’s ousted interim president and prime minister have been freed after they were detained by the military and resigned, an aide to the vice president said on Thursday. Interim president Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were arrested and taken to a military base outside the capital on Monday, triggering a crisis in the… Read More Malian president and prime minister released following resignation