In an article published by Reuters, David Lewis reports the latest political developments in Mali. Mali military has sought to play a greater role in politics in recent years. The coup of August 2020 participates is part of this momentum and although civilian authorities are in control the military has maintained a grip on power. Mali’s president recently signed off on a cabinet reshuffle that excluded two key military personalities. Soon after the president, the prime minister and defense minister were detained by military officers. Here is an excerpt of the report by David Lewis:
Military officers in Mali detained the president, prime minister and defence minister of the interim government on Monday, deepening political chaos just months after a military coup ousted the previous president, multiple sources told Reuters.
President Bah Ndaw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and defence minister Souleymane Doucoure were all taken to a military base in Kati outside the capital Bamako, hours after two members of the military lost their positions in a government reshuffle, the diplomatic and government sources said.
Their detentions followed the military ouster in August of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The development could exacerbate instability in the West African country where violent Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State control large areas of the desert north.
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