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World In Mali, the personalities arrested during the coup were released

11:55  08 october  2020
11:55  08 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Le président de la transition malienne, Bah Ndaw (à droite), et le vice-président, Assimi Goïta (à gauche), lors de la cérémonie d'inauguration au Centre international de conférences de Bamako, le 25 septembre 2020. © AP The president of the Malian transition, Bah Ndaw (on the right), and the vice-president, Assimi Goïta (on the left), during the the inauguration ceremony at the Bamako International Conference Center, September 25, 2020.

The soldiers who took power in Mali on August 18 before embarking on a transition supposed to bring civilians back to power announced on Wednesday the release of 12 civilian and military personalities arrested during the coup.

The military authors of the August 18 coup in Mali announced on Wednesday October 7 the release of 12 personalities who had been arrested when they took power.

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The 2020 Malian protests or the Malian spring, began on 5 June 2020 when protesters gathered in the streets of Bamako, Mali , calling for Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta to resign as president of Mali .

"The vice-president of the transition (and leader of the putschists, Colonel Assimi Goïta, editor's note) informs public opinion (...) of the enlargement today of political and military figures arrested following the events of August 18 2020, "the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), which overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, said in a statement.

"These are the former Prime Minister, Boubou Cissé, the former President of the National Assembly, Moussa Timbiné, Generals Ibrahima Dahirou Dembélé, M'bemba Moussa Keïta, Oumar Dao, Ouahoun Koné, Boukary Kodio , Abdramane Baby, Abdoulaye Coulibaly, Moustapha Drabo and Colonel-Major Faguimba Kansaye ", according to this press release published on the CNSP's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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"Make no mistake, this is a coup d'etat that we will stop in the name of justice and free and fair elections," stated Maria Strollo Zack, Chairman of Our mission is to provide the full truth, expose the perpetrators of this horrific crime, and ensure that every person involved, regardless of position, be

People in Mali are very worried about the uncertainty created by the arrests - particularly because it appears that soldiers are still playing a major role in Mali 's politics Mr Sidibe, who served as Mr Toure's prime minister from 2007 to 2011, was first arrested shortly after the coup and later released .

"However, the interested parties remain at the disposal of justice for all useful purposes", adds the text.

A repeated request from ECOWAS

Noting the "significant progress towards constitutional normalization" since the establishment of bodies responsible for leading the transition to civil power, the Economic Community of West African States (Cédéao) on Tuesday lifted the sanctions imposed on Mali the day after the coup.

West African leaders welcomed the appointment of a transitional president, Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel, and that of a former foreign minister, Moctar Ouane, as prime minister.

They also welcomed the renunciation by the military of a major prerogative initially vested in the head of the junta: invested as transitional vice-president, Colonel Goïta could not replace the president of the transition if the latter was unable to attend. , according to the charter drawn up by the military.

But ECOWAS had also underlined that the lifting of sanctions, foremost among which a commercial and financial embargo, should be considered as an encouragement to go further. The regional organization, mediator in the Malian crisis, had insisted on the need to release the military and civilian officials arrested during the coup d'état of August 18.

To satisfy the leaders of neighboring countries, the Malian military must still take a major step: the "dissolution" of the National Council for the Salvation of the People itself.

With AFP

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