Ousted interim President Bah Ndaw of Mali and his Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, have been released from house arrest by the authorities that deposed them in May.
An international body which includes representatives of West African regional bloc ECOWAS and the African has been pushing the current interim authorities to release the two from house arrest.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in a statement on Friday said it “welcomes” the move by Mali to lift “all restrictive measures” on the former leaders.
“The committee reaffirms its support for the process of transition in Mali,” it said.
The two men were appointed as interim civilian leaders to steer Mali back towards civilian rule after a military coup in August 2020.
But after a sensitive government reshuffle in May, Mali’s strongman Colonel Assimi Goita deposed Ndaw and Ouane in a second coup. Goita was later declared interim president.
ECOWAS said that the two should enjoy all the rights associated with their roles as the former president and the former prime minister.