Mali’s interim Vice President has revealed that he has seized power following the failure of the transitional president and prime minister to consult him about the formation of a new government.
Colonel Assimi Goita who disclosed this on Tuesday said the country’s elections will be held next year as planned.
Malian interim President, Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were on Monday taken into the custody of soldiers in what is described as being suggestive of a coup in a political twist.
The leaders were reportedly taken to the Kati military base located near Mali’s capital, Bamako.
It was at the same military base that President-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was taken on 18 August 2020 and forced to announce his resignation that led to the formation of an interim government in September, led by N’Daw for 18 months.
Their arrest came hours after two members of the junta lost their positions in a cabinet reshuffle.
The developments has drawn condemnation from the international community.
The European Union (EU) labelled the attempted coup “kidnapping.” The African Union(AU), United Nations (UN),the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) have condemned the move and called for the leaders to be released.
Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN,) Antonio Guterres in a tweet said he was “deeply concerned” by the arrest of N’Daw and Ouane and called “for calm and their unconditional release.”
Mali has been plagued with numerous security and humanitarian crises.
Since 2012, armed insurgency was hired against the government by separatists and Islamist groups have displaced hundreds of thousands of people.