The European Union applauded at the last minute this Thursday the release of former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita by the military junta that has ruled Mali since he forced his resignation after a coup on August 18.
As a spokesman for the community bloc reported to Europa Press, Brussels has assigned the credit to the mediation initiated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the country.
“The release of former President Keita is very good news. It is the first concrete step resulting from the mediation by ECOWAS,” he said.
It was pointed out that the rest of the senior officials arrested during the military coup “must also be released immediately”. Keita was released around 3:00 a.m. that Thursday when, according to Jeune Afrique, special forces escorted him to his residence in Sébénikoro in Bamako.