Mali’s interim President, Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane have been released.
On Wednesday, they were forced to resign after Assimi Goita, the interim Vice President on Tuesday revealed that he had seized power based on the violation of the transitional charter failing to consult him about the formation of a new government.
Goita, who orchestrated last year’s coup, promised the country’s elections would be held next year as planned.
They were freed by the military coup leaders at around 01:00 a.m. local time on Thursday.
The two men had been detained at a military camp since Monday.
A delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) led by former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday visited Mali to press the military to back down.
“We are now suspending all security assistance that benefits the Malian Security and Defense Forces that we had continued previously pursuant to available authorities. The United States will also consider targeted measures against political and military leaders who impede Mali’s civilian-led transition to democratic governance” the US State Department in a statement said on Wednesday.
However, the US said it would continue supporting efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) by “working closely with the local transition monitoring committee and other international actors to seek the immediate and unconditional release of those detained and resumption of the civilian-led transition.”
This is the second coup in the West African nation in nine months.