The President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse have been detained by mutineering soldiers, multiple international media report.
According to one of the leaders, who requested anonymity the public officials are under their control. “We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” he told AFP Tuesday.
He added that the pair had been “arrested” at Keita’s residence in the capital Bamako which can also be verified in several videos being shared online. Earlier, soldiers launched a mutiny from the nearby garrison town of Kati.
Another military official, who also declined to be named, said the president and prime minister were in an armoured vehicle en route to Kati. Back in July, President Muhammadu Buhari, together with other ECOWAS leaders visited Mali because of the spate of protests rocking the country, hoping to put an end to it.
But, shortly afterward, protesters took to the streets again, demanding the Keita’s resignation. Watch the video below.
Coup in progress in Mali to bring an end to the French-backed administration of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
The protesters whose movement led to the coup want the end of France's influence in the country. pic.twitter.com/BF43NcEIUi
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