Mali’s Coup Leader Assimi Goïta Seizes Power Again

Mali’s Interim Vice President Colonel Assimi Goïta, who led a military coup last year, has seized power again a day after military officers detained the president and the prime minister.

Goïta announced on state television that he regained control of Mali and directed the arrests of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane for failing in their duties.

Goïta also accused Ndaw and Ouane of attempting to sabotage the transitional government and said that they failed to inform him about a cabinet reshuffle, in which two senior members of the military lost their positions and were replaced last May 24.

“The vice-president of the transition saw himself obligated to act to preserve the transitional charter and defend the republic,” the statement said,” a statement in response to international condemnation of the arrests said, indicating that Goïta has ignored calls from the global community to release Ndaw and Ouane.

International condemnation continued on following what is widely viewed as the second military-led coup in the West African country in less than 10 months.

“In Mali, what was carried out by the putschist military is a coup d’etat. This is unacceptable. We are ready to take targeted sanctions on the protagonists,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.

The military detained Ndaw and Ouane in a military base in Kati, near the capital Bamako.

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