Mali’s interim president Bah Ndaw and his new prime minister, Moctar Ouane, were arrested by military personnel on Monday and transferred to Kati base, where the military coup was hatched last August.
These arrests come after the list of the new transitional government was published on Monday: According to reports on the Jeune Afrique portal, an unusual movement of troops began in the capital Bamako and also in the Kati base, about 15 kilometers from the city.
The portal quotes sources from the National Transitional Council (CNT, Parliament), the multidimensional integrated stabilization mission of the United Nations in Mali (MINUSMA) and a diplomat from a West African country.
Before the American embassy in Bamako even learned of the arrest of the president and prime minister, it issued a warning. “We are closely following reports of high military activity in Bamako. Follow the local media for more information,” the message wrote on Twitter.
The embassy later issued a “security alert”: “The US embassy has received reports of high levels of military activity in Bamako. We advise US citizens to avoid non-essential travel within the city and to consult the media. Country communications for more information “.
The news has jumped after it was revealed that two of the key figures in the National Council for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), the coup military junta who led the August 18, 2020 coup against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
For example, Colonel Modibo Koné handed over his position as Minister of Security and Civil Protection to General Souleymane Doucouré, until then Chief of Staff of the Air Force, while Colonel Sadio Camara left the Ministry of Defense in the hands of General Mamadou Lamine Ballo.